Portrait of Jean Michael Basquiat, 2011, mounted cardboard pieces on wood, acrylic, 120 x 60 cm
Shamanic Pinball, 2011, acrylic and ink on canvas, 80 x 100 cm
A Boca do Vulcao, 2011, acrylic, ink, leaves on canvas, 110 x 160 cm
Pearl Divers Full Moon Association, 2011, cut cardboard mounted on wood, 84 x 36 in.
Resistance and Compassion, 2011, cut cardboard mounted on wood, 84 x 36 in.
Children of Dugong, Door of Perception series #1, 2011, ink and acrylic on paper, 100 x 60 cm
Visionary Ecstasy of the Magical Compassion ( Alto Paraiso version ), 2011, collage, ink, acrylic, leaves and gold-leafing on canvas, 244 x 152 cm
Guernica Beauty Salon, 2011, acrylic, ink, cut cardboard mounted on wood, 84 x 36 in.
By the act of painting, I transcend my human state. I search for other ways. I seek for a universal pattern, the ultimate strokes of freedom. I reach a visionary state and totally leave reality to give shape to another world.
I breathe to paint, I paint to breathe.
Art does not try to reproduce nature, art is nature.
Every painting is a key, a window to the inner world:
To live a mystic life in the modern world
Eroticism, freedom, seeking for new ways
I paint an imaginary mythology, in a constant research of new forms, new techniques and new medias.
From the ancient calligraphy, seeking for a new iconography, an alchemic and modern wedding of sacred iconography with vernacular symbols of consumerism, giving new senses to archetypes. It is the deconstruction of the known world to rebuild a free world. Art = Science and intuition.
Art is a multi-media existence laboratory; the exchange and collaborations between artists of different medias push the limits and create a new language. Technology becomes a tool for the concretization of the vision. I always want to gather strong opposite creative souls from different cultures together (Secret Silk Society: a creative laboratory of research to bring back mysticism into modern life).
Tribal art, street art, guerilla art influenced, and propaganda, spreading the vision out of the gallery walls: posters, walls, films, happenings… My art is a bridge to the consciousness of humanity, where communication is vital, open. A channel. My art is an imaginary propaganda for an unknown kingdom, a parallel universe outside reality.
With my extensive painting travels and live performances, I provoke the encounter with the viewer at the moment of creation, transforming the ritual of creation. Painting is a liberating act for the artist and also for the viewer. Transforming the vision into reality should be a tactile and emotional experience for the viewer. A sensual relation with the medium, an emotion.
I paint Labyrinths of dreams and visions. I rewrite myths and legends. I capture their essence to transmit an invisible but tactile knowledge. I am a Descendant of the Avant-garde and cobra movements: art without limits, everywhere at every moment. Expression of the irrational. A fragile balance between excess and purity: art as a way of life, constant ritual. Only in chaos can really exist freedom.
I paint the images we should dream of at night: before we were contaminated by modern life. My Art is a pure intuitive and spontaneous way of expression. The desire to paint all objects of the daily life is to bring art to a higher level, in a constant interaction with our daily life; to bring beauty at all moments, to uplift the human existence.
Love your work Carlito! The pieces created with painted cardboard cut outs really wow me! Love all the layers and depth! Love the energy and movement! You are inspiring!