Alexandre Gondim is a Brazilian artist who was born in Salvador and is currently based in London. His abstract paintings are created by delving into his unconscious mind. He currently has an exhibition that is showing in London where each painting represents a certain mood that he was experiencing at the time. His influences include Kandinsky, Pollock, Miró, Picasso and Romero Britto.
What part does your Brazilian background play in your art?
Brazil is a huge tropical country, rich in culture and natural resources. The people is a result of a mix of races what gives the Brazilians a remarkable creativity. I come from a sunny and colourful city called Salvador, well known for its carnival. So, this heritage is in my blood and influences completely my work. Vibrant and energetic, just like Brazil.
You studied advertising do you think that has helped you in any way as an artist?
Definitely. Advertising is about creativity, however, in my opinion, it’s not art. It is business. I used to work as an art director in advertising agencies in Brazil and this experience encouraged me to try the brushes and paint instead of the mouse and pixels.
Can you tell us a little about your current London exhibition?
“Connections to the Mind” is a set of 23 paintings of abstract art. They represent my effort and pleasure to make art and reach public from different backgrounds. My works have a consistent language all together, even though I try to diversify them so as not to become repetitive. Each exhibited painting brings a story, an emotion; they are portraits of my unconscious in the moment of their production.
When did you first start creating art seriously?
I had art classes when I was a child. It was my first contact with art and different styles and materials. But I just started creating art seriously 12 years ago, when I chose abstract art as my style.
If you could have a chat with any artist (living or dead) who would it be?
I’ve got a list! But definitely Picasso.
What advice would you give to someone who would like to get into creating art seriously?
Paint a lot. Enjoy the process. Find your style. Listen to people’s comments. If you believe in your work, go find your place. You will get some ‘No’s’ and face closed doors on the way, but you have to be patient and persist.
You can see the “Connections to the Mind” Alexandre Gondim exhibition at the Willesden Library Gallery till the 29 April 2017. www.alegondim.com
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