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Acrylic on canvas. With my new series "CaraFaccia" I went on a journey as a painter. I found artistic inspiration in the expressionists; important to me was the free use of color and form, the deliberate application of color, the painterly brushwork. In doing so, I reduced the chosen motif to striking formal elements and dissolved the traditional perspective. Thus, it is left to the viewer whether he sees in the pictures of this series a face, the heart chambers, boats or something else from personal experience.
Paulo de Brito was born Paulo Sergio Monteiro de Brito in Portugal in June 1975. A poor childhood in the isolated landscape of the Serra da Estrela (Star Mountains) marked the artist's early years, after his family ventured a new beginning with the end of the African colonies in Portugal. De Brito's artistic talent became apparent early on. Since the family had hardly any money, the artist built his own sculptures (toys). In the process, he not only learned how to work with wood, but also discovered his love of experimentation. For this he sometimes unwound the wire from the chicken coop - much to the delight of the chickens - or painted with the beautiful varnish colors in green, red and white, which were actually intended for windows and doors. Both of these things got him into a lot of trouble. After finishing his schooling, de Brito drifted out into the world. The first place he stopped was Paris, where he wandered for hours through the museums there, "soaking up" everything with his eyes. He was overwhelmed by the inconceivable amount of art that was gathered here. He did not paint at that time. He didn't start doing that until his second stop, when his family took him to Sicily. Here, for the first time, he transformed beach scenes that he had previously sketched or photographed into oil paintings. However, he was only able to develop his full artistic potential in Munich, where he has been at home since the late nineties and has a studio in Feldafing on Lake Starnberg. Paulo de Brito took lessons with Prof. Markus Lüpertz at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kolbermoor, with Prof. Jerry Zeniuk at the Art Academy Bad Reichenhall and with Werner Maier, lecturer for free painting and nude drawing, Munich. (Vivien Rathjen)
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