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Astolfo Funes was born in a small town in Venezuela. At a young age, his family moved to Los Llanos, The Venezuelan Plains, where he established a close connection with nature. Having migrated to the USA in 2011, he now works from a studio at the Artisan Lounge in downtown Miami.

Funes’ painting represents femininity, as the link between the existence and extension to new challenges. Female gender is associated with docility, gentleness, love and sensuality, but also with strength and perseverance. From a cultural stand point, femininity exerts a constant force in social development.

Funes exposes women iconography filled with humour, irony, sensuality and perhaps tearing. The artist enjoys shocks chromatic contrasts sponsoring risky with predominantly yellow, pink, fuchsia and blue. It also favours the incorporation of pigment textures in her pieces, creating surfaces that accentuate pasty expressive forcefulness of his paintings.

Funes denies the conventional representation of the depth, since the artist works in the manner of children, in a single plane, and only zooming or shrinking-Gigantification-of figures help us to establish a better understanding of certain plans and the scene depicted. The artist attempts to subvert the tradition of painting through the recurrence of the original sources representation, those instances are left out and representative conventions seeking direct representation of our imagination, as children's drawing or pathological art. The artist also integrates elements that outline the flatness of the work and highlight its "street" as graffiti texts, annotations, and blasted stripes. The picture space often becomes saturated, in full mottled in deformed figures converge, colour strident writings, stains, drops, marginal drawings.

His paintings represent women, usually naked or bare-chested. Although his work has been associated with the Dutch-born American artist Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), who also dealt with the representation of women in long periods of its history, it is clear that the work of Funes is not loaded from the rage we see in the Women of De Kooning. The American artist, one of the leading representatives of Abstract Expressionism, introduced their thick atmospheres abstract women hardly readable narrative. Their women were deformed creatures that occupied much of the canvas and were subject to an expressive force that made it seem like suffering. In fact some critics have given this constant suffering and difficult representation of women, a reading that relates to the sufferings of the same De Kooning.

Torture and displacement are not directly present in the work of Astolfo Funes. The tear that could be interpreted in association with highly expressive quality of his paintings, is in any case screening by the mask of irony. Certainly Funes's work is imbued with the sarcastic approach to the reality of our own times. Their women, though festive and joyous, happy faces rarely show in them seriousness bordering on resignation.

Astolfo Funes is represented by:

• Solar Gallery. East Hampton, Nueva York, USA.
• American Art Promotion, Paris, Francia.
• Primo Piano Living Gallery, Lecce, Italia.
• Artepuy. Caracas Venezuela.
• Galeria Diaz Mancini Caracas Venezuela.
• Latin American Praga. Republica Checa.
• KontempoArt Miami Usa
• Ramón Martinez. Australia

Exhibitions

Astolfo Funes is represented by
• Solar Gallery. East Hampton, Nueva York, USA.
• American Art Promotion, Paris, Francia.
• Primo Piano Living Gallery, Lecce, Italia.
• Artepuy. Caracas Venezuela.
• Galeria Diaz Mancini Caracas Venezuela.
• Latin American Praga. Republica Checa.
• KontempoArt Miami Usa
• Ramón Martinez. Australia

Press

http://www.vexxdmagazine.com/astolfo-funes/
http://www.latin-art.com/autor/astolfo-funes/lang/en/
http://astolfofunes.jimdo.com/
http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/astolfo-funes.html

Influences

Dutch-born American artist Willem de Kooning (1904-1997)
Venezuelan-born artist Oswaldo Vigas (1923 - 2014)

57cm (W) x 77cm (H)
Drawings
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120cm (W) x 150cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
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120cm (W) x 150cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$8,400
120cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$8,350
150cm (W) x 120cm (H)
Acrylic Paint
$8,400