Adriano Borges Ribeiro, 1970
Ribeiro lives and works in Italy, was born and grew up in Belém; a strange, beautiful city in the east coast of northern Brazil, Amazon area, filled with unusual life structures, with amazing bizarre people including some brilliant artists, musicians, story tellers, hunters, fishers who positively forged his entire life. In 1995 he left Belém and went to Salvador da Bahia to study Fine Art and Design at the EBA (Escola de belas Artes) Ribeiro started the grad school, but when he was about to finish it for personal reasons he has to get back to his born city, then once he’s solved his problems he was going to go back to EBA school, but by that time, his career was already on its way, and he became a full time artist. After a year or so he decided to embark on a research trip, right in the heart of the Amazon jungle, looking for drawings, shapes, volumes, colors, cave art, tattoos, in short, everything to do with the ancient pre-Columbian people. He was there for about 4 years, that was an important period of his life. After that adventure he focused on sculpture and painting, evolving from realism into abstract surrealism. By the end of he studies years he experimented with photography and film-making. Adriano moved back to Belém and start his art atelier on a propriety location of his family, produced series of canvas works, sculptures and installations, made part of various art shows, he won an important prize, the SART IV, in the city of Porto Velho, capital of the Rondonia state. As for his technique, he mixes sculptural elements, textured designs surfaces and assemble organic/biological like volumes and paint them with acrylic enamel and oil, natural pigments collage and then superimpose them all on flat surfaces. He uses acrylic colors, oil, bitumen, sand, wood, micro crystalline and bee waxes, some neutral emulsions, fused plastic, natural resins. He mixes them using different level of heat, on high numbers of translucent juxtaposed layers to achieve a kind of 3D effect, optical depth, experimenting advanced and original chemistry procedures to aging the surfaces, with different substances and developed the method of using some complex chemical reactions to manipulate the paint and surfaces rather than using brushes or spatulas. However his advanced technique does not represent the main part of his making art, he’s firstly and instinctively an abstract artist, works on a atelier not in a scientific lab, he’s always experimented extensively with aesthetics in form and concept, technique is merely the servant of his intuitive artistic expression. Currently his art flows alternating science and Sci-Fi, poetry and underground, geometry and calligraphic elements, organic structures and architectural drawings in a continuous on/off, within some sort of bipolarity zone, annihilating and self regenerating each other. He opens these psychological containers, apparently ambiguous and solve them on a single scenario, imagining that all information in the universe is right there, in that small piece of idea, disappeared, apparently dissolved but certainly recoverable. Ribeiro moved to Europe in 2000, Switzerland then Italy, he begun to taking part in local group exhibitions, art competitions, when he won the prize International Fine Arts “La Phoenix” in Palermo, Italy he saw that things began to move around his artistic subjects, that cultural exchange seemed starting to work, that was very promising, people were intrigued by that exotic form of art.