21032821628 (NEVER BEEN THERE)

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NELIO21032821628 (Never been there)

Acrylic on canvas
70 x 90 cm, 2021

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Nelio

Nelio was born in France in 1982. Self-taught, he has built himself through the many travels that have made him a multidisciplinary visual artist, in constant search of learning and experimentation.  His practice revolves around two main axes: the interaction with the public space through murals, spontaneous paintings and installations, and the work in the studio, where the artist has the chance to express himself through paintings, drawings, collages, assemblages, and sculptures. His early style, based on typographical work and uncluttered representation, gradually evolved into an abstract pictorial universe. His geometric structural logic, inherited from his interest in science, graphic design, graffiti, and architecture, remains visible in most of his artworks. However, this system is transformed when it is confronted with new random parameters due to the contexts, its discoveries, and its experiments. Nelio thus develops his works on a rational foundation altered by an empirical process. His artistic approach is mainly based on a dynamic tension and of opposing elements and concepts. Contradictions and doubts enrich his practice, just as the notions of wandering and detours are important stages in his progress. By deepening the value of the ephemeral, inherent of its outdoor paintings, he began to use the idea of ​​destruction as a creative generator. It led him to experiment around the notion of formlessness, alongside his early works focused on form. Abstraction allows him to create a dialogue between his series of different inspirations, by exploring the field of possibilities between minimalism and expressionism. 

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“Inspired by the current context and other universal topics, this new series of eight abstract paintings on canvas explores the notions of limits.

The works are composed with a fragile harmony, the final step of a process based on a dynamic tension between opposites elements and concepts.

The choice of colors, mostly warm, gives unity to the series and a false positive impression. Swinging between pastel and fluorescent shades, the tints plunge us into atmospheres that are both calm and intense; like worlds in conflict artificially paused, symbolizing a floating moment in a constantly changing universe.

The relationship between man and nature, which represent the main theme of this exhibition and of the artist’s work, manifests itself here in metaphorical landscapes. These can be seen as microcosms where plans and symbols blend to blur scales and boundaries.

In a time when humanity immerses into the virtual world and undergoes deprivations of liberty, the works presented for this exhibition are refocusing on essential things. They suggest to go out and to browse, to feel and to sense, to see the invisible, and to express the unspeakable.”

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