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Biography

[lives & works – Miami, FL ::: born 1977 – Maturin, Venezuela]

 

STARSKY BRINE’s paintings and drawings captivate audiences with their distinctive style and a recurring theme, the search for the nature of humanity. In his bold works, the artist focuses on characters that are built from a combination of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic features, as well as the appropriation of elements from comics and toys from his childhood.

 

On the one hand, these characters distort reality to venture into an environment of subcultures and urbanism created by the spontaneous intuition of his strokes and the appropriation of the contemporary iconography. On the other hand, they move within the realm of fantasy. In particular, the animals paired with their human characters evoke associations with fairy tales or comics. They are reminiscent of the world of theatre, in which fantasy and poetry but also comedy often serve as catalysts for the creation of critical meaning.

 

With his works, Brines often questions the interplay of good and evil against the background of the worldwide socio-political climate. Yet Brines does not interpret his themes as ‘black and white.’ They are complex and nonlinear, with charming disruptions, quite serious and yet full of humor.

 

Brines is personally influenced by his mother and art historically influenced by Latin American figurative art, the German Neoexpressionism, the Italian Transavantgarde, and the COBRA group. His works oscillate between figuration and abstraction. Brines holds a degree in Fine Art from the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Superiores de Artes Plásticas Armando Reverón in Caracas.

 

His work has received international attention in exhibitions and has been incorporated into important collections in cities such as Caracas, Basel, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Santander, Miami, Madrid and Seoul.

CURRICULUM VITAE   | | |   [download full CV below]

 

EDUCATION

2005   Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting. University Institute of Advanced Studies of Plastic Arts Armando Reverón (IUESAPAR), Caracas, Venezuela

2008   Diploma, History of Western Art. Metropolitan University and the Center for Latin American Studios Arturo Uslar Pietri, Caracas, Venezuela

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018   Paraíso Perdido, Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt, Germany

            The Circus of Beauty, G-Gallery, Seoul, South Korea

2017   Solos, Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain

2015   Personajes Extraños, Mariana Monteagudo & Starsky Brines, Galería El Museo, Bogota, Colombia

            El Papel del Dibujo, Galería GBG Arts, Caracas, Venezuela

2013   Stranger than Banana, Gallery Zandari, Seoul, South Korea

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017   Expressive Gestures, Galerie Heiki Strewlo, Frankfurt, Germany

            Pintura Pintura Pintura. Por: Víctor Zarza, Espacio Proyectos, Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain

2015   Lugar de gracias. El Paisaje en la Colección Mercantil, Galería “Braulio Salazar,” Valencia, Venezuela

            Art Motion, curated by Sala Mendoza, New York, USA

2014   Panorámica: Arte Emergente en Venezuela de 200-2012, Sala Tac., Caracas, Venezuela

            Gráfia Mercantil: Indagación y seguimiento, Espacio Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela

            Art Stage Singapore, Marina Sands Expo and Convention, Singapore

 

AWARDS

2013   Omar Carreño Young Artist Prize, College of Architects of Venezuela

2010   Young AVAP Award, Venezuelan Association of Plastic Artists

2005   Second Prize, VIII Salon Cantc Young people with FIA: Open Looks

2004   Grand Prix Juan Lovera, XXIII Painting Exhibition, Ateneo de Carúpano

2003   Honorific mention. XXIII Painting Exhibition, Ateneo de Carú pano

           Best Painting Award, VII Regional Exhibition of Young Artists, Puerto La Cruz

 

COLLECTIONS

Sander Collection, Darmstadt, Germany

Burger Collection, Hong Kong

Koo House Museum of Art & Design Collection, Seoul, South Korea

CUMOA Chosun University Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea

National Museum of China, Pekín, China

Collection Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela

Acarigua Art Museum, Venezuela