Marcio Bravo

Born in: 1961, Vitória Es Brasil
Lives in: Vitória Es Brasil
Describe your art in three words: Surrealism, Seft-taught, Autheniticity
Education: Business Administratio

“A work of art is what it is, not what it could be. I could say that my biggest challenge in painting is portraying imaginary scenes, executing them like a Renaissance man, with a surrealist approach."

What themes does your work involve?
The theme of timelessness. I paint the city Lirica with all its diversity and inexhaustible aspects, its architecture, its alleys, its landscapes, its daily life. A world where eras and extraphysical dimensions mix.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process appears on my mental screen at first as an intuitive flash of unknown origin, however, patrolled by the rational. The emergence of the work does not arise from random unconscious processes, this is somewhat contrary to the classic concepts of surrealism. The sketch embodies the idea and in the composition, I try to make clear what is being proposed without needing interpretative contortions. In my way of expressing beauty, anthropomorphisms are complementary and not protagonists.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
What influences me, I would say, technically, is the classics, and thematically, the great achievements of humanity. I make art out of an inexplicable inner calling, first of all, a personal need, secondly, a social act.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art is that which captivates, that somehow touches the soul. I see three essential basic qualities that help and contribute to this happening; excellent technique, originality and creativity.
What is the role of the artist today?
The usual role is to excite and promote reflection. I would like to emphasize that in my view, the artist should not steal the prominence of his work by overlapping it with concepts and narratives.


This interview was published by Circle Foundation of the Arts. © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist