Carlos de Lins was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and has also lived in Argentina, Italy, the Netherlands and the UK. His artistic studies began in São Paulo where he attended art school as well as working in the studios of a number of Brazilian artists including Gilberto Geraldo and Margarida Von Zuben.
Speaking of his work, Carlos says:
“My current interests are focused on the gigantic modern buildings by Sir Norman Foster and others which seem to be continually springing up around us including mega-structures such as Tower 42 on Old Broad Street, 30 St Mary Axe (‘the Gherkin’) and the record-breaking Shard London Bridge. I’m also interested in similar buildings from past decades such as Centre Point and the Canary Wharf Tower.
“What intrigues me most about these examples of modern architecture is their simultaneous ability to impress and oppress us as citizens, trapped in the landscapes they create.
“I often hear people say such projects are expensive but not very interesting, tending to dominate and sterilise their environment. I wonder if the human element is missing. Or perhaps it is represented by a sense of vanity embodied by these structures.
“In my Linescapes series of canvases I articulate the idea of space through geometry and modified perspective. I deconstruct buildings to create composites from their essential elements, choosing colours to define the atmosphere. In this way I am seeking to renegotiate our relationship with these physically and emotionally impenetrable structures, creating an idealised hybrid space.”
Carlos’s work has been exhibited in Italy, Brazil and the UK. As well as showing his work, Carlos was also the founder and current director of the Espacio Gallery, in London.
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