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Art of the Week August 28, 2011

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"Humanscapes" by Brazilian Painter Fernando Ferrira de Araujo

Fernando 2Fernando Ferreira de Araujo is a Brazilian artist also based in New York City. In 2010, he was listed by Vogue magazine and Brazil Foundation as one of the most influential Brazilians artists in New York. Born in 1962, he has been painting since 1989. Ten years later, he started painting professionally. His paintings are strongly identified by a “bleeding” hallmark with multiple layers of paint along with deep brush strokes. Within his paintings, there are many others small images hidden behind distorted shapes and forms, leading the viewer to form their own associations and interpretations.

Ferreira de Araujo had a solo art show, Humanscapes, at the Brazilian Post Office Cultural Center in October-November 2010. The works displayed in the show find the human figure as a starting point. He seeks new ways of expressing the figure, deconstructing the form while increasing its prominence in each piece. He fuses and equates an organic world with the pulsating life inherent in it. The compositional integration of the form into the surrounding environment is heightened by his use of light and dark colors . The intensity of his brushstroke guides the eye and creates a larger gesture and sense of movement.