Fernando Ferreira de Araujo
MAC - PE I The Museum of Contemporary Art of Pernambuco, Brazil
Opening: Thursday, April 4th, 2013 | 19:00
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Pernambuco - MAC-PE., fulfilling its commitment to promote art, is proud to announce the opening of the solo exhibition of the renowned Brazilian artist, Fernando Ferreira de Araujo.
Fernando Ferreira de Araujo, a passionate expressionist artist, began his career in 1989, when two of his paintings were chosen by the Museum of the State of Pernambuco for the New Exhibition Series for that year. This was a remarkable experience and the key to an extraordinary career trajectory. In 2001, he worked full time as a professional artist with sheer passion and utter dedication to his art. He has this inherent ability to surrender into the depths of his innermost that give room to the interplay of texture and colors that flow from brush strokes. 2003 was another catalyst year. A time when Fernando joined the international art scene, participating in several solo and collective exhibitions as well as auctions in the United States and Europe. Shortly after, New York became home and once he became a member of The Art Students League of NY, he settled into his own art studio in Manhattan. In 2010, Fernando was listed by Vogue Magazine and Brazil Foundation, under the 100 Most Influential Brazilians in NY, bringing recognition to an established career and a strong presence in the international market.
The series 'Mindscape' is the abstract representation, in both its rebellious gestures as well as the dialogue in the manifestation of the essence portrayed throughout the artist's trajectory. The paintings, abstract by essence, often lead the observer to figure-remnants or perhaps to an imaginary landscape. Either way, his work has always addressed the expressionism, especially the one lived by the Germans in the 1970s. Incisive variations found throughout Fernando Ferreira de Araujo's work define his signature, an ingenious artist, comfortable in his own art, skilled in expressing that which has no words, yet can be found in the subtext of his paintings. His large brush strokes, moved by emotional forces, gradually lead the observer to notice his fascination for texture, colors and shadows, which seek balance as though they could escape the confined spaces and marks. Fernando's art clearly does not obey borders, nor is it limited to any markings. The "Mindscape" series depict the continuity of the solid work and the artist's exercise in the search of the transmutation of the figures it portrays as it tries to illuminate the abstract field of dreams.
In Fernando's words - what is art, than the mere deconstruction of the many facets of ourselves as we try to mirror life in art, to reveal the deepest aspects of ourselves, and enter the unknown.
Ivald Granato - March 2013
São Paulo | Brazil