Other portraits

Each portrait functions as a particular piece in which every individual is represented by their physical appearance as well as by the use of other traditional strategies of the genre: the exaggeration of dominant features and the appearance of objects, colors and shapes reflecting the history, profession, personality and other attributes of the respective model. These paintings explore and quote the colonial painting tradition that is characterized by importing European styles and techniques and adapting them to the local conditions. This process inevitably has symbolic and visual implications, both voluntary and involuntary. On one hand the local artist does not have enough technical expertise and on the other, the painting model does not correspond geographically, culturally, or ethnically with the artistic referent. These interbreeding procedures take part in my painting as plastic deformations and conceptual crossroads.