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Born in Brazil, 28-year old artist João Paulo Alvares Ruas was still a young child when his interest for visual art started to grow. Comic books were his first bridge to lines and colors, during high school much of his time was devoted to creative thinking due to the almost alternative education institution he studied under. Later, he took Design as his choice in University.
After a three year stint in London, Ruas went back to his home town, São Paulo, where he works and lives.
Artist Statement for 'III':
What divides the sacred from the mundane? Is that an universal or a personal matter? Can a moment, a place, a person in your life ever be sacred? These questions were the starting point of obsessive and transforming thoughts and drawings which resulted in this series of works. Iconography obviously plays a big part in the aesthetic being explored but so does everyday life, everyday dreams and everyday fears.
Sacred can give you hope and happiness. Sacred can bring you disillusionment and tears.