Newton Rocha

Born in: 1968, Brazil

Lives in: Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Pernambuco, Brazil

Media: Painting, Mixed media

Describe your work in 3 words: Genuine, Innovative, Creative

See More Work:

The Black Butterfly Found The Black Flower - Mixed Media on canvas 50 x 70 cm

"During my research as an artist, my main focus was to find my own formula. That happened when I randomly glued strings on the canvas to 'interlineate' my artwork, resulting in a pure implied sense of figure. I also developed PuzzleArt & 4D, a technique that could revolutionize the visual art world."

What themes does your work involve?
I have no idea what will happen after the creation process (application of the strings). At this stage, I only care about the special composition of the canvas. However, in the end, I always perceive subjects, such as fauna, flora and people as implied sense, and some natural events.
Describe your creative process.
By gluing randomly strings to delineate I realized, the strings gave me the freedom to create implied sense figures subconsciously. After applying the strings on the canvas, I see the result of creation from all angles, so I work on them. In creating this technique, I realized, it solves the big issue known as blank canvas by themselves because each figure gets its own space in its self-creation resulting in an interesting game of interpretations by viewers. Also, I draw figures using collages.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
My artwork is automatically influenced by the program in my subconscious at the moment of creation, the spontaneous movements at that moment are the inspiration itself. The result is my personal fulfillment. That's why I make art.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?

Good art is one made with responsibility, seriousness, intelligence and honesty in relation to aesthetics and ethics. The artist who is original and meets the above prerogatives, he will make an excellent artwork.

“If anything can be considered art, then art is no longer relevant.”  - Roger Scruton.

What is the role of the artist today?
For me, Art is an intelligent creative entity. The artist's role is to channel the needs that this entity wants to transmit at that moment in each artist, forming a collective conscience among artists according to the current needs. That's how trends are born. That intelligent creative entity picked me up and I loved because I feel fulfilled with each artwork done. Art is aesthetics, aesthetics is beauty and beauty is love. That's how it should function ... always.

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