25 October - 1 December 2018
Opening 25 October 2018
We are pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of the Venezuelan painter Starsky Brines in Germany at our gallery.
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 the pictures of the exhibition "Paraíso Perdido", Brines refers with his South American view to Mozart's fairy tale opera "The Magic Flute". In his expressive works, the Queen of the Night, Papageno or various animal figures emerge, which, as in Mozart's "Volksposse", tell of the search for the lost paradise. Like Mozart in his opera, Brines's painting 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.
Brines was born in 1977 on the Caribbean coast of Venezuela. He lives and works in Caracas, Venezuela and Miami, Florida.