Figure and cubism still exists in the art of self-taught contemporary artist, Andre Mauro. The artist says his works brings “an ancient technique to a modern world” and although his aim is towards a more primitive and expressionist approach, Mauro says, he feels the need to continue the legacy of the proclaimed, Pablo Picasso.
In his work, viewers experience hints of tribal aesthetics inspired by African culture and geometric shapes, dividing color and creating order. The series Portraits heavily relies on expression and weight, each taking on a different look, bringing the viewer closer to their emotions.
What is your idea of beauty?
For me, beauty is when I see something that represents peacefulness, a subtle existence, and calmness. Structure also contains beauty, showing the viewer that stability exists and life is infinite.
Why does the Cubism movement inspire you?
The Cubism movement heavily influences my work because it symbolizes the beginning of a new era and form. Picasso is the artist I feel most devoted to, almost as if I were trying to continue his work in a way. The buildings in downtown Manhattan, each with different color, shape, story, also inspire me. To represent the building blocks of society and modernism.
Why do you choose to show human imperfection?
I have always been obsessed with imperfection. I don’t believe perfection is necessary in my art, it belongs more with realism. My drawings are more about conveying beauty through a playfully abstracted form.