The most recent work
I have spent 3 months in a small village at the North-East of Brazil. This place has influenced my paintings much more than I would have ever imagine. A land where gods and demons join together to walk side by side with the people, where the Christianity mixes with African goods and give life to a generation of saints, demigods and mythological figures that populate the land, and trouble or delight us, the people, with requests, demands, each with different characteristics, some nasty, some helpful.
The colours in the tropics are very vivid. The sand is gold, the heat intense, the green jungle is at your door step.Insects of all sizes, shapes and colours are impossible to control; people wear very little clothing.a lot of flesh is always visible. It makes the place very sensual, rich of all emotions. A place of extremes, of contradictions, very rich and very poor, modern and ancient, joy and sorrow, comfort and hardship, primitive and slick, sex and death. Pagan in its essence, Christian in the packaging.