amsterdam international art fair 2017

Geometric Abstract Impressionist Artist Fino showing at the Amsterdam International Art Fair 2017

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Artist Fino is a geometric abstract impressionist and a portrait painter, from Portugal currently living in Amsterdam. Fino spent the first 15 years of his career dedicated to stage arts and music, with painting and drawing as a constant presence. In 2014, he began dedicating his time exclusively to painting.

"My work is based on the following premise: chaos to order, instinct to reason, trial and error, dance, movement, gesture, color, poetry, rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Mark! Repeat…"

A short film on Fino's approach can be found here.

What drives you? 

Beauty. Craftsmanship. The notion of the ephemeral and a constant need to learn, to challenge myself and feed my curiosity for the processes of creating something.  

What is your definition of art?

I don’t have a definition for art. I have a personal notion of beauty, of aesthetics and a wide range of feelings and I strongly believe it’s the gathering and balance between these elements and strong craftsmanship, a total dedication to the craft that creates the organic being that is a good work of art.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Music plays a major role in my approach to paint, because it embodies the same principles: rhythm, harmony, contrast, and rigor, balanced with freedom and storytelling. I always have music on the background when I start a piece, and I like to let the first passages to be influenced by it. Other source of inspiration include viewing works of other artists, spending time in nature or in the city, taking in the various sights and sounds and scents, and finally the images that come to mind from reading poetry and literature.

How do you deal with artist's block?

I don’t think I’ve ever had artist’s block. I’ve had good and bad days in the studio, but I show up for work everyday and paint.

Sometimes I’ll wander off to my guitar, or I’ll enjoy watching other people work, or sometimes a simple conversation with someone will get creativity regenerated.

Where do you see your art going in ten years?

Ten years is a long time, so I dare not to plan so far ahead. But I´d love to have the financial possibility to open an academy of arts for younger kids in my hometown to help create the underpainting of a brighter, more educated future in Portugal. I also see my theatrical universe becoming closer to the painting one. I had to completely break with the first for a while to reinvent myself. In the future I see myself bringing them together. But for now my future is drawn a day at a time in the Netherlands, and I love it here.

Can you tell us what you have going on right now?

Planning my big show in Oporto, Portugal for November, where I’ll present pieces from the past year, while creating two new shows for the USA for March 2018.  I’m also currently painting commissions for clients in Portugal while starting a new body of work to present to collectors, agents or galleries in Amsterdam in the coming year.

I´m also navigating the processes of self promotion, re-imagining a career after 15 years dedicated to the stage, and finding a voice and a recognizable style across different mediums and themes.  I am working to build relationships with galleries in two new countries, as we have recently relocated to the Netherlands from Portugal, and we often visit the USA.

In total, I am working to build  a coherent string of recognisable work and entering the gallery market and finding an agent.  

Can you tell us what your 'Before I Die' is?

Visit Africa, Japan, Iceland and Vietnam. Raise a family, plant a tree, continue painting.

I know my artwork is finished when…?

When aesthetically it feels balanced. I like to leave space for interpretation and dont like rendering too much. But like a baker or a carpenter, with experience comes the notion when a piece is ready and to not overwork it. It is something that requires time I believe, and a lot of bad paintings. Fortunately we’re painters, not surgeons, so if we screw up, no one dies.

Best Commissioned artwork ever done was…?

A 2x5m diptych for a private collector, with “Cosmos” as the base theme. I have also painted a couple of portraits I´m really proud of.

Which are your favorite artists?

There are so many. I have found comfort and knowledge in different aspects of so many different forms of art.

I love street art, having started in the streets myself as a performer, and I like paintings that carry that soulful freedom in it. But I also love craftsmanship and elegance so, art nouveaux and portraiture are amongst my favorite styles. And I love abstraction more and more everyday, so within these parameters I´d say Basquiat, Picasso, Klimt, Mucha, Rutenberg, Mann, Osamu Obi, Cesar Santos, Vhils, Van Gogh, Vermeer, Yoko Shimitzu, Rembrandt, and the list would go on. Sometimes my most cherished influences are from people I know personally - musicians and playwrights and actors or even sportsman, of which there are great artists also.

Best exhibition ever participated in…?

This will be my first group exhibit and I‘m honoured to be participating after just one month on arriving to Amsterdam. So I’d say this one.

I’ve mostly worked on commissions, but I’m really proud of the show I assembled in Portugal in 2015.  Fifteen paintings were shown in the beautiful main room of a 17th century palace right in the center of Oporto.  Each piece was illuminated individually with theatrical spot lights, making it appear that the paintings were floating in mid air. I do believe lighting plays a major role in a show of paintings, just as it has in theatre. Because it was held in the school where I studied theatre, it carried a great meaning for me. Plus, we did it in the same weekend as my wedding!

Greatest achievements so far…?

In my career has a painter, my greatest achievement was finding my own methodology and voice. I´ve done a few things I’m proud of artistically, but I’ll share that with you in a dinner conversation with some good food and wine.

Would love to exhibit my work in …

Anywhere with walls, some wine and cheese, good people and good lighting.

Third Edition event focussed on ‘STREET ART’ : AMSTERDAM INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR - BEURS VAN BERLAGE

25th & 26th August - Beurs van Berlage  

Third edition of the 'street art' fair the Amsterdam International Art Fair. Works on show from Damien Hirst, Mr Brainwash, Tracy Emin and Loes van Delft.

On 25th and 26th August at the Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, 1012 ZJ Amsterdam, the third edition of the Amsterdam International Art Fair will take place. With over 150 exhibitors showing work of renowned artists and upcoming talent with a wide-variety of mediums such as Paintings, Photography Art, Illustrations, Sculptures, and Street Art from over the entire world; USA, Australia, France, Japan, UK, and of course local talent from the Netherlands. The accent lays on contemporary art with a special focus on street art. 

There will be works on show of Award-winning Japanese artist Ishi Tashiro (Japan) and famous Dutch pop artist Loes van Delft (NL). The art fair, that gained over 7000 visitors previous edition, is an initiative of Global Art Agency - who after successful editions in Vienna, Tokyo, Miami and Oxford now once again lands in Amsterdam.

"This event attracts galleries, cultural organisations, art critics en of course a lot of art collectors. During the fair there will be more than 3000 pieces exhibited that will all be for sale from a varied price range between € 250 - € 155,000 EUR. This is then also a very interesting opportunity to get known within the contemporary art world and invest, whether you are a professional investor, art dealer, starting collector, admirer of art, or potential buyer." thus the organisers of the Global Art agency Joëlle Dinnage and Natal Vallve.

Art Collaboration by Loes van Delft (NL) and Joachim (Belgium) titled 'Baby, Come back' (120x120 cm) on premiere at the Amsterdam International Art Fair 2017

Art Collaboration by Loes van Delft (NL) and Joachim (Belgium) titled 'Baby, Come back' (120x120 cm) on premiere at the Amsterdam International Art Fair 2017

Among other things, at the art fair works will be on show of nonetheless: 

  • Mr Brainwash (F): Pop graffiti artist and filmmaker, active from Los Angeles.

  • Loes van Delft (NL): Her creations offer a mix of cartoon, pop art and illustrations.

  • Ichi Tashiro (J): Japanese Pop Art artist who likes collages.

  • Jean-Yves Le Breton (F): French painter famous for his surrealistic landscapes.

Amsterdam International Art Fair 2017 25th and 26th August 2017 at de Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, Amsterdam.  

Friday 25th of August: Vernissage with champagne reception and DJ music from 18.00 to 21.00 (entrance fee: € 10, - or by invitation).

Saturday 26 August: opening hours from 11:00 to 17:00 (free entrance). On Saturday at 4 pm, the Best Artist Award will be held by a three-member jury consisting of Henk Veen (artist), Annemarie de Wildt (Amsterdam Conservatory) and Ruurd Hallema (sculptor).

Ticket sales through the website or at the entrance.

www.amsterdamartfair.com

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