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Overlapping Surfaces Sculpture

Nelson Manoel


Sculpture, Acrylic on Other

Size: 20.5 W x 14.6 H x 8.5 D in

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Styrofoam, acrylic and resin. In this work, I tried to investigate the border between bidimensional support and three-dimensionality. Spatial questions are modulated by the color game of painting. This painting is strongly related to the vocabulary of modern painting and reflects the influence of one of the painters I most admire, who is Frank Stella. For any question about this work or other detail, write me in the comments.

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Sculpture:Acrylic on Other

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:20.5 W x 14.6 H x 8.5 D in

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Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro. Currently living in the state of Paraíba. I started studying painting and drawing at the age of eight at Brazilian Society of Fine Arts with Professor Antenor Finatti, a painter of pier and marine scenes. His paintings with strong tones, lines marking the contours and wide areas of thick paint were my first references. At the age of twelve I discovered modern painting and its movements. The Impressionists, Surrealism, and especially Cubism came to exert great influence on me at that time. Picasso, Miró, Klee, Braque became my references, specially Klee and his watercolor paintings. From 1977 to 1979 I turned back to study drawing at “Brazilian Society of Fine Arts”. From a 1977 drawing, entitled "The Painter Dressed as Harlequin", a character called "The Painter" or just "The Character" is born, and it would become an alter ego through which I would start a research on the line itself and the describing of my emotional and energetic states. In this line of research there is a kind of automatic writing - which I call "Caligramas" - that became part of my drawings, adding new layers of meaning and dialoguing with the main figures. The works of this period are basically drawings in China ink, some watercolor and oil paintings. In the following two years I took part in my first art exhibitions. 1985 – School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage – EAV. At the age of 25 I joined the painting course at “School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage” with Professor Charles Watson, who would become my main teacher in this period. In class we were led through a series of strategies to make us aware of our vices of painting. The first days of class were intended to teach us how to make a chassis from scratch. Not by chance, during the course of that year, I finally understood pictorial space as something that is constructed. Encouraged by the texts given in the course, by the discovery of new artists and by my teacher's own line of work, small painted sculptures made of wood and then larger sculptures came up. With the painting “Solid State”, a new figuration begins, focused on the construction of the pictorial space through the use of basic forms of drawing. This figuration began to reflect on the wooden objects, the sculptures and the overlapping planes of the assemblages.

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