mixed media on paper
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About the work:
Brines' paintings and drawings fascinate with their unique style and a recurring theme, the search for the nature of humanity. In his bold works, the artist concentrates on characters that emerge from the combination of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic attributes and the appropriation of elements from his childhood comics and toys. On the one hand, these characters distort reality in order to venture into an environment of subcultures and urbanism, created by the spontaneous intuition of his strokes and the appropriation of contemporary iconography. On the other hand, they move in a sphere of fantasy. In particular, the animal beings with their human characters evoke associations with fairy tales or comic strips. They are reminiscent of the world of theatre, in which fantasy and poetry, but also comedy often serve as catalysts for the creation of critical meaning. In his paintings Brines questions the interplay of good and evil against the background of the socio-political situation in Venezuela and worldwide. Yet Brines does not interpret his themes as 'black and white', but as complex, not linear, but with charming disruptions, quite seriously and yet full of humour.
Personally influenced by his mother, who produces colorful dolls for the Caribbean Carnival and art-historically influenced by Latin American figurative art, German Neo-Expressionism, the Italian Transavantgarde, and the COBRA group, the painter's works oscillate between figuration and abstraction. Brines has graduated in Fine Arts at the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Superiores de Artes Plásticas Armando Reverón in Caracas. His works have attracted international attention in exhibitions and have been included in major collections in cities such as Caracas, Berlin, Basel, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Santander, Singapore, Kuwait, Miami, Madrid, New York, Seoul and Zurich.
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