WATER & COLOR. At the age of 17, I discovered the two elements, that when combined in just the right ways, would guide the flow of life for me. WATER + COLOR = the liquid fuel of all vibrant beauty. WATERCOLOR: the river that cascades from within onto my ever-evolving palette, changing as I change, growing as I grow, becoming art as I become an artist. Water gives life, and life revolves around that source. 75 percent of our brain, 70 percent of our body, 70 percent of our planet. Sustenance, cleansing, electricity. Water’s power, however, can sometimes be tempered by sheer force. A perfect wave or an overwhelming tsunami. Wild whitewater or a raging flood. Water is beyond our control, existing on it’s own terms, bodies of energy inspired by moods both internal and external. When painting with watercolor, I control very little of the process. Most of it is accidental, and I try my best to guide the spots and gradients into a cohesive image. I have learned that in order to express myself I must allow the water to do the same. Together, we work to reveal beauty. As the tides of my life ebb and flow, I ride the winds in any direction, discovering new courses to follow on this voyage. I transfer the fluidity of my watercolor technique to other mediums such as acrylic and oil. The paint is my compass; I go where it leads me.
I started learning to paint when I was 16 and dropped out of school 3 years later. I stayed home to paint by myself. A year afterwards I applied to an art school called Núcleo de Arte. I didn’t just study , I also lived there for a year. Then I interned in a design studio and an illustration studio for 12 months, and after that I started working at an ad agencies in Brazil. I stayed there 4 years. During 6 years I worked at my own illustration studio MACACOLÂNDIA with three partners. Today I’m living and painting in Miami Beach.