4me4you visits Rhodes Gallery which featured the artist Lino Lago.
As a visual artist, Lago continues to push the boundaries of contemporary art practices. Painting with technically traditional oil paints and appropriating from the imagery of classical European portraits, Lago’s work is permeated by a distinctly contemporary feel. He began to explore the juxtapositions that arose between the formal realism of classic Academic art with the conceptual and abstract visual aesthetics of contemporary art in earlier projects including ‘Paint Over Paint’.
Whilst influenced by the art academies of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, there is no doubt that conceptually and visually, Lago’s work belongs to the milieu of contemporary art. His distinguished artistic career has seen him collect prizes from the Queen of Spain to being featured as one of Fuera de Serie’s artist to invest in.
The distinctly bold abstract line disturbs the conventional portrait form, imitating the mark of a digital brush and reclaiming traditional artistic methods. However, viewers might be surprised to know that these dynamic lines are infilled by Lago’s own hand, which also create moments of invisibility. His minimalist use of line and abstract shape succeed in creating beautifully striking works, whilst also discussing theoretical concepts of reality.
“Reality is both biased, fragmented and incomplete. Reality is never fake” .