I started work on my “Retratos” Series in 2009. Like most people that like my artwork, I'm passionate about music and cine. There were some figures I wanted to pay tribute to. Frank Zappa, Bob Dylan and Audrey Hepburn as well as some Brazilian artists.
I have been evolving my rotoscoping technique since 2003. In 2007 I was fortunate enough to be selected by the Arts Council of Brazil to produce a film using it. It involved redrawing by hand on top of filmed frames which produces this amazing strange, quirky and beautiful animation. The project allowed me to experiment daily. It got me thinking that I could do the same with just one frame. That I could spend as much time as I wanted making one beautiful image that could have textures, colours and brushes that normal animation doesn't allow.
I take some inspiration from the pop art of Andy Warhol, Jim Dine and Evelyne Axell. I like how they made artwork affordable to everyone. I also love Jackson Pollock's action painting technique. But instead of forming abstract images like Pollock's, I like to recreate the faces of some of the people I admire. A sort of homage.
I've had amazing feedback and support and I appreciate it enormously. I really like knowing that I can give people something to put on their wall. Something that they can look up to, someone that inspires them and ignites their passion in the arts as they have ignited mine.