Currently living in exile in Berlin, artist Flavio Man was born in Tucuman, Argentina, a small city between mountainous jungle and desert lowlands. His experience of living in the three interconnected worlds of buildings, jungle, and desert influences his art. His abstract works are a conversation between the different parts of the painting: the line, stain, planes and colors generate a dialogue that reflects the way humans, nature and logic interact. Flavio explains, "my work is honest and uncommon in these days where rationalism and concept rules. I trust in expressiveness and dialogue with the viewer. I didn't have an easy life, but every day I wake up and work hard. I've been hungry and my shoes are worn. I believe that pain always helps with art." Flavio studied fine art in university and continued on to study film editing, with some of his films showing at the Cannes Film Festival in Montreal. He works from a small studio space in his home in Berlin, complete with a record player and rock, jazz and classical music.
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About The Artist
Feelings are abstract, and my paintings must represent them, generate mystery and questions. Explore the inner world of the unconscious and capture it in images, lines and colors.
The street and nature are my constant inspiration. My art talks about destruction and creation between primitive human beings and logic, between nature and cities. Cities inhabited by alienated robots devoid of passions and desires, social machinery at the service of a dehumanized organization that reduces men to numbers, and closes all roads.
The works are realized without a previous sketch, the line, the stain, the planes and the colors generate dialogue between them. They are born as the brush and pen go through the page. After the initial development begins the real work - to tear down and rebuild. It is in the creative process of painting, that a story emerges and perhaps even some meaning of this mysterious place, whose final meaning is resignified through the interpretation of the spectator.
My art must give a shock, open limits between the spectator and artist. A bridge that communicates both worlds. Dialogue is essential. The spectator tries to find something similar in his knowledge. This art opens doors to the outside, to the world, and to the inside, to humans. The world is chaos but we can make it a better place.
Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte
Bachelor of Arts, 2010