The GraphiConstruk project didn’t come to my mind as a light bulb that appears out of the blue like a great idea. I didn’t even notice this project was building silently through the years, in the background. It all started as an animated-film project in 1997 called Vida, ‘Life’ in Portuguese, when I still lived in Brazil, and was graduating from college with a bachelors in Fine Arts.
In 2001, I spent almost a year in England, where I was able to show some of my paintings. On my return to Rio de Janeiro, I worked on art restoration and got married to my wife Rebecca. Today we have two lovely children and live in Chicago. All this time I have been closely observing the things and the people that surround me, and drawing a lot.
I usually choose social subjects for my work. Most characters are skinny people. They may be walking or praying, and have almost the same expression. They are figures without clothes, a document of poverty, and the raw flesh of a bone-faced starving population. I use my work through the GraphiConstruk project to build and rebuild this repeated scenario.
That’s why I apply numerous layers on my work. I slice out my composition in several graphic elements and save them up as assets to be re-used. I relentlessly change the properties and the order each layer is stacked within the finished work. The result is the creation of infinite versions of the same theme. The door has been open for experimenting since then. It has been literally a graphical constructing experience, made out of a few original works that both merge and duplicate into new graphic representation.
This is the GraphiConstruk project. The repetition creating the new.
Just like in life, the old project Vida.