Regina Affonso

Why did you decide to pursue a career in the Visual Arts?

I was influenced by great Masters, after I visited many  museums in Europe.

I also loved glass, that manufactured at my relative's factory.  loved glass manufactured on my relatives factory. 

That's when I started to thinks about painting, and switched  to painting on canvas, until the present days.

 

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 Artist Statement

I've been a visual artist  for 30  years.

I grew up in Brazil, with a childhood influenced by Nature. My inclinations were towards the Arts and I began by  studying piano and poetry when I was eight years old.

 

Nowdays I paint mostly acrylic on canvas.

I studied some artist's paintings and fell in love with Vincent Van Gogh, Caravaggio, and the Impressionists.

In Portugal I was fascinated by folklore. Later in life I loved Mode. Today I like to create my own colored faces.

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I love the fluidity and the surprise of painting wet on wet. By painting wet on wet, there is that very thrilling element of surprise, and the layers and layers of paint make it more exhilarating.  I love painting the sides of the thick canvas because viewing it from the side is also art in itself. Once I am done, the painting is a finished piece of art, with or without a frame.

I was trained to mix my own colors, thanks to my mentor.  While training to do so, it took a while for me to get it. I would go home crying because “I could not get it.” Then one day, my patience, persistence and practice paid off.  By mixing my own colors, I can put on canvas the beauty of the colors only I could imagine and know in my mind. I also knew from the time I picked up a palette knife that I am a palette knife artist. And I have always been. Palette knife paintings are thick, bold, unexpected, almost irreverent in its randomness. But there is always that moment of emotional upheavals every time I put a stroke. The paint thus becomes a sculptural element on canvas. 

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