Gallery Premiere, New Paintings

July 20 – August 30, 2019

Press Release

Starsky Brines’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 the 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 beings 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 situation. Yet Brines does not interpret his themes as `black and white´, but as complex, not linear, but with charming disruptions, quite seriously and yet full of humour. 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. Starsky Brines was born in Venezuela in 1977. He lives in Florida, USA.