I didn’t really plan to be in the art world, it rather just naturally happened.
I was born in Berlin and lived practically all my whole life in Brazil, where my mother is from. I worked in restaurants as a sushi chef and thought I would do that my life. Art was just an escape from reality sometimes, almost like a copying mechanism to deal with life, like it is for most people. The more I started to actually share my works on social media and little exhibitions I got more and more people relating to it, until I got to the point that I was able to survive from it. As a learning artist I would say I am discovering myself from time to time, being in constant evolution. Literally growing at the same time I’m answering this interview, it’s all happening together.
For me everything is simply expression. It doesn’t matter if it’s a painting, a photograph or a video I put together… It all kind of walks hand-in-hand for me, I just simply do it without over-analysing it too much and go with the flow of creative process.
Since we are all constantly bombed with information 24/7, I find my inspirations mostly in music when I just put my headphones on and zoon out, especially Brazilian music from Bossa Nova to Funk de Favela. Or with a good conversation with my closest friends, my friends are definitely an influential inspiration.
As for references I would say Egon Schiele probably and Francoise Gilot in painting. For the state of mind reference in art, I would say also Baudelaire, Sartre, Freud… I think in my paintings it all reflects the moment that we live in, in times like these how can you be an artist and not position yourself in politics and reflect the times?
I was doing my course at the New York Academy of Arts in 2015, when my professor said I should focus more on a minimalist aesthetic. That’s when I started to study the one-line style, and trying more and more having an information so elaborated and bring it to a canvas in the clearest way. I don’t completely agree with that anymore, and my style has been evolving a lot these past year to a more expressionist way.
How did you came up with the themes for your series and projects? What catches your attention?
No fucking idea. I might need a therapist.
In art I always liked to explore about woman’s love and confidence to her body and self, outside the norms put by society (especially men), and our freedom to pleasure and sexuality without being called this or that. In a discussion with my sister the other day for example, we talked about how it’s often hard for a woman to enjoy oral sex on herself. It’s not because we don’t like it, but because it takes courage and time to break that mind block that was put in our mind since early age, that the vagina isn’t beautiful, that menstruation is disgusting, that you have to buy 10 products to have a certain smell. So letting someone go literally face-to-face with your whole life’s complexity, that’s a lot. But it’s marvellous when you free yourself from that stigma. And that is what I often paint, just freedom.