He continues by showing how it's not just about words, sculpture, or oil either: "I also had directed a short-length documentary about the Brazilian artist Jair Mendes, who started painting figurative and slowly changed into abstract. I do like abstract in many forms of art, cinema, dance."
Art influences across fields, so I chose as my first subject Guido Viaro who has published 12 novels to date and is also the grandson of the Italian-Brazilian painter of the same name. Viaro is also the director of the museum that houses a large number of his grandfather's works. For disclosure's sake, I exhibited at the museum in May 2014. You can view Viaro's site here for more information: Guido Viaro.
The unfortunate thing about abstract art is that in order to understand it all, one needs to study it all, which is really just a recipe for overcrowded art history departments at the university level. Besides, as much as I think art history is important to the overall curriculum, no one wants a majority of the population to be running around with art history PhDs. Art is important, but so is eating and doing business.
This leaves us with the idea that abstract art must compete with figurative art. Not only does one need something to say, but one also needs to produce something that stimulates. With "Iglesia en La Serena" I wanted to create a piece that showed the beauty of a small church in La Serena, Chile while at the same time showing how muddy religion is. It appears to be a figurative piece, but it's definitely abstract in idea and design. It is both one of my most popular and least liked works of art, as well as one of the first to sell. I have found that understanding the painting both changes opinions (in both directions for that matter) and changes nothing at all. It completely depends on the person.
"The fact of doing an abstract or a cubist it doesn’t necessarily make you a modern artist or a good one. It’s hard to say why you like some abstract artists and hate others, I think it has something to do with proportions and combination of colors, that are used as tools to express feelings," Viaro continues.
And that's not all: "I also had directed a short length documentary about the Brazilian artist Jair Mendes, who started painting figurative and slowly changed into abstract. I do like abstract in many forms of art, cinema, dance."
But that's not all. Sometimes its just about being smart. As Viaro says, one needs to beat the system to be not only understood, but recognized as well: "And if you use some politically correct subjects, you can be helped to get into the system, even though it looks like you’re acting against it."