Mixed media abstract work using acrylic, sand, cement, marble dust and pigments.
'The origins of my paintings stem from my time working as a councillor in my home state in Brazil.
I was influenced strongly by the conditions in which the people lived and the images of doors and walls of ordinary houses and simple architecture became, for me, a symbolic memory of simple lives lived in extreme hardship, yet with faith in the future that belied their circumstance.
My first artistic inspirations came from Brazilian artists such as Portinari and the work of photographer Sebastiao Salgado. The work of Antoni Tapies and Alberto Burri has been influential, primarily due to their use of mixed media. The thematic treatment of the wall in the ‘graffiti’ series by photographer Brassai, has reinforced the emotional context of the wall in social and cultural terms.
In my recent work I have increased the use of colour to reflect a hope for peace and security in these troubled times.'
Helio came to England in 1995 to study Art and English and has an MA degree in Fine Art at the City and Guilds of London Art School.
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