Fabio Ferrão started painting in São Paulo, following the contemporary line, using acrylic on canvas.
In the first stage, he developed the geometric design, inspired by the human body with vivid and marked colors. Subsequently, in a second phase, his colors merged in hues and the geometric gave way to a series with deep blues, revealing the artist’s personal search for a more comprehensive internalization with subtle and incognito environments.
After several exhibitions in Brazil, in 2005, he participated in the international exhibition ‘Corpos Pintados’ at the OCA Museum in São Paulo, doing a body painting live. In 2008, he was invited by the representative of Saatchi art gallery in Brazil to participate in his portal and through him in 2011, he received an invitation to participate in the ‘Deep Focus Collective Exhibition’ at The Brick Lane Gallery in London and on the same date he held a Body Painting at Jet Set Art Gallery in Amsterdam. At the end of 2020, he joined the ESPAÇO BB ARTE, which has it’s headquarters at the Cassino Atlântico shopping center in Copacabana , Rio de Janeiro, Brazi, curated by architect Marcia Marschhausen. In March of the following year, he was invited by the curator Lu Valença to join Contemporaneos Galeria de Arte.
What’s your artistic background?
I am Fabio Ferrão, Brazilian, from São Paulo. My inspiration comes from researching cosmology and nature. With brushes, I seek a poetic interpretation of life, connecting through thoughts materialized in deep blue and intense complementary colors that take me to unknown and subtle places.
What’s integral to the work of an artist?
Being connected to the cosmos and nature, observing the behavior of society and the planet we live on.
What role does the artist have in society?
It is transforming, changing paradigms, as a mission to balance the collective unconscious, pointing the way to be followed. In my view, we are living in a decisive moment in the world, where the planet is changing and at the same time the human being seeks his intimate reform to evolve and be part of this purpose.
What art do you most identify with?
I really like theatre, cinema, music and painting, everything inspires me.
What themes do you pursue?
Cosmology and nature.
What’s your favourite art work?
It’s difficult to choose a specific work, there are many that touch my soul and move me deeply. One of the works I like best is ‘A Noite Estrelada’ and ‘The potato eaters’ by Van Gogh and the Brazilian artists I most admire are Adriana Varejão and Tunga. One of my favorite canvases is titled ‘Figueira’.
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
When I was 26 years old, I went to New York and Europe and I was able to enjoy all the amazing museums and artists.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
When I was studying civil engineering I worked drawing hydroelectric plants, later I worked in the commercial area in another field.
It is the most sensitive way to show society changes in everyday life and the planet.
What is an artistic outlook on life?
Regardless of the chaos in which we live, the humanitarian and profound look is present, showing not only reality, but what is to come. That’s why I like to portray unknown environments that only exist in an allusion to living that environment outside our planet.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
When, in a large group exhibition, students from a public school who visited the place had the task of choosing an artist among all of them and doing an interview. And to my delight they chose my works and we were able to do the work with great respect and joy.
What food, drink, song inspires you?
Natural food, the purest drink and the music that touches the soul, such as Brazilian singers Milton Nascimento, Djavan and Beto Guedes.
Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
That’s how I like it, very lonely, I don’t want to neutralize but enhance loneliness, because alone I can be more connected with the Cosmos.
What do you dislike about the art world?
The old conservative elitist view, art is transformative and has to be democratic, has to be seen by all social classes.
What do you dislike about your work?
I would like my work to be better known worldwide.
What do you like about your work?
That it touches people in a different way and brings the energy of the cosmos together with nature, awakening the divine spark in the viewer.
Should art be funded?
Art must be funded by governments as long as it reaches all social levels to form new generations of children who will be great leaders in the future.
What role does arts funding have?
It has a social, intellectual role, this financing reveals and forms the identity of countries. It helps in the diversity of thoughts, helps in the formation of a conscious citizen.
What is your dream project?
Project my paintings in the biggest buildings of the most important cities in the world, taking my art to the greatest number of people.
Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.
Maybe not compared because I don’t have that pretension, but I really admire Van Gogh, Ai Weiwei and Mark Rothko.
Favourite or most inspirational place ?
Brazilian nature, the beauty of France, the mystery of India and a sky full of stars.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
That I came with a mission on this planet to paint, and no matter how hard it is, I have to keep going to fulfill my that purpose.
Professionally, what’s your goal?
Exhibit in the best museums and galleries in the world.
I’m producing a new series that will be released soon.