Hamilton Aguiar - Optical 20048, 2020 (detail)

Hamilton Aguiar

Neo-figurative art

November 3, 2020

Hamilton Aguiar is a Brazilian artist who was initially inspired by murals and interior design. He moved to the United States in 1987 to pursue his passion for art. In his current series of paintings, Aguiar applies silver leaf over the entire background of his linen canvases and then creates washes and shadows with oil paint. This interaction between the richness of the oils and the mercurial nature of the silver results in dramatic light. The sculpture is an artistic medium in which he has also been working in recent years.

Featured image: Hamilton Aguiar - Optical 20048, 2020 (detail). Oil on canvas. 36 × 36 × 2 in. 91.4 × 91.4 × 5.1 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Whistler Contemporary