Further developments of this piece.
This painting captures the poignant story of Rui, an aging single mother of three living in Bissau, the capital of Guinea Bissau. Despite her daily struggles, Rui clings to the hope that she can improve her life and prospects by seducing a foreign man. In this portrait, she has adorned herself in her best dress and put on her makeup to go out to a night club called Tabanka, where she searches for her next dream.
This is my attempt to beautifully capture the essence of Rui’s story in this painting, conveying both the strength and vulnerability of this woman. The rich colors and intricate details of the piece draw the viewer into Rui’s world, evoking a sense of empathy and understanding for her struggles.
Through this work of art, I try to remind the world of the harsh realities that many women like Rui face every day, and the lengths they are forced to go to in order to survive. This painting is a powerful tribute to the resilience and strength of women in the face of adversity, and a testament to the transformative power of art in capturing the human experience.
Eu Sou Seu Por Nada
Work in progress:
This painting depicts a powerful and heartbreaking story of a beautiful and single mother. Her turbulent life is full of betrayal, disappointment and pain. She struggles to survive in Bissau, a poor country where cultural traditions and economic competition make life even more challenging. My intentions are to highlight the difficulty of being a single parent in such a difficult environment, and the desire to find support, regain a full family and find love. Unfortunately, the woman’s attempt to seek solace at a local disco results in further abuse and humiliation, illustrating the harsh realities that many women face in similar situations. The painting serves as a poignant reminder of the struggles faced by those living in poverty, and the importance of addressing the complex social, economic, and cultural factors that perpetuate these challenges.
Teresa from Senegal – Further Developments Nr 3
This painting is inspired by the story of young Theresa from Senegal. She works for a hotel and struggles to make ends meet with her minimal salary. To make more money, she is forced into a dark world of accompanying foreign men for a monetary incentive. The abuse she endures leaves physical marks on her body, but she remains strong and fights for every moment of her life.
To attract attention, Theresa covers herself with gold and fake designer labels, creating a look that is starkly different from her difficult reality. Despite the challenges she faces, she perseveres, determined to overcome her circumstances and find a better life.
Theresa from Senegal – Development Part 2
Theresa from Senegal – work in progress
James Plays in Porto with Sound
James Plays in Porto – progress stage 2
James is probably Portuguese. He has no real name nor identity. He is homeless and badly battered by hard and brutal life. He is eking existence by basking on cold streets of wintery Porto. The only pleasure and companion he has is a bottle of rough spirit, which is partially hidden behind in the doorway behind him. His voice is very delicate, somehow broken and fragile. However, his beautiful tone and squeaky, whisper-like sound of his guitar, allow passing by strangers to dream about everything they miss.
He is still in the gutter, but looking at the stars.
James in Porto – Work in Progress
Alejandra – Digital Manipulation
Alejandra – All the Dreams I Once Have Had.
Alejandra is a stunning women. She is a mother of two and appears to be successful. She lives in Guadalajara and travels twice a month to Tijuana in Baja California Sur. Once upon a time, her heart was full of love and she had a dream to have a perfect family. She did everything possible to orchestrate happiness. However, her daily reality is harsh and in a total contradiction to her earlier ambitions, aspirations and desires. She has now reached her mid-30s and cannot see any potential for change.