Starsky Brines' paintings and drawings captivate audiences with their distinctive style and recurring theme, the search for the nature of humanity.
STARSKY BRINE’s paintings and drawings captivate audiences with their distinctive style and a recurring theme, the search for the nature of humanity. In his bold works, the artist focuses on characters that are built from a combination of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic features, as well as the appropriation of elements from comics and toys from his childhood.
On the one hand, these characters distort reality to venture into an environment of subcultures and urbanism created by the spontaneous intuition of his strokes and the appropriation of the contemporary iconography. On the other hand, they move within the realm of fantasy. In particular, the animals paired with their human characters evoke associations with fairy tales or comics. They are reminiscent of the world of theatre, in which fantasy and poetry but also comedy often serve as catalysts for the creation of critical meaning.
With his works, Brines often questions the interplay of good and evil against the background of the worldwide socio-political climate. Yet Brines does not interpret his themes as ‘black and white.’ They are complex and nonlinear, with charming disruptions, quite serious and yet full of humor.
Brines is personally influenced by his mother and art historically influenced by Latin American figurative art, the German Neoexpressionism, the Italian Transavantgarde, and the COBRA group. His works oscillate between figuration and abstraction. Brines holds a degree in Fine Art from the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Superiores de Artes Plásticas Armando Reverón in Caracas.
His work has received international attention in exhibitions and has been incorporated into important collections in cities such as Caracas, Basel, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Santander, Miami, Madrid and Seoul.
The presence of the animal in my work has a dual purpose: on the one hand, it represents the fury, savagery, and chaos in the human perception of the natural world; on the other hand, it represents the idea of an essence and a sacred presence that unites, like a link, two worlds that are supposedly divorced from one another while also reinforcing a sense of separation from nature.
My paintings deal with my questions surrounding the timeless relationship and connections we maintain with the animal world. With humor and curiosity, I have created a universe where the edges are unnecessary and where we are a single consciousness immersed in this reality. It excites me to play with the idea of animality and its iconography, which is so prevalent in human culture from sacred texts of heroes who faced beasts, to fairy tales, and even to contemporary expressions of animal imagery on TV and movie screens. It is apparent, from these ever-present expressions of animal imagery, that we have failed to integrate.
The current moment pushes us to look at that which is hidden and invites us to look at ourselves, so that we may begin to understand that this separation from the animal is not the truth, that our connection with this “other reality” that is wild and sacred and archetypal, is present in every corner of our culture and that, in moments of vulnerability, we remember more easily what is essential to us. My paintings are nothing more than an affirmation of myself, of my call to realize that beyond portraying the world, my obsession has always been to see myself and to build the bridges needed to see myself in others.
For years, I have been playing with those ideas from different angles, particularly drawing on my life spent in a city like Caracas and my memories of its wildness and the violence, savagery, and chaos in this city. For me, it was a lesson and a beautiful opportunity to take advantage of that primary pulse that never abandoned me and to turn that pulse into a visceral, spontaneous, and unrestricted relationship with painting. Now, in this moment of survival and vulnerability, caused by the pandemic and by my status as an immigrant, it is still pertinent to evoke our natural strength and, like an alchemist, to transform, play, express, and feel that which is both inside and outside oneself in order to build these hybrid and promiscuous images that heal and quiet my being.
Each work appeared spontaneously, moved by the pulse of each action to paint in connection with me, in introspection, without closing myself off to what I see in this new reality that I am living in these Mayan streets, full of multi-lingual conversations, which, more than images, give me sensations to take up the brush. While things were happening outside and continue to happen, news of losses and healings, this set of works was being built daily, patiently, only with the pretense of doing what I love, filling the fabrics with images, playing with them and their senses, knowing that they tell us of strange and unlikely experiences or, at least, that’s what I was accustomed to think…
My paintings are the result of successes and failures, of failed attempts, of frenzied chaos, of not knowing and of embracing, for a while, the uncertainty that has sheltered us in order to awaken our essential, wild, sublime, and sacred animal that inhabits the creative energy that each being carries with them.
2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting. University Institute of Advanced Studies of Plastic Arts Armando Reverón
(IUESAPAR), Caracas, Venezuela
2008 Diploma, History of Western Art. Metropolitan University and the Center for Latin American Studios Arturo
Uslar Pietri, Caracas, Venezuela
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021 Outside of Myself (Fuera de mi Mismo), Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2019 Unexpected, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA
2018 Paraíso Perdido, Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt, Germany
The Circus of Beauty, G-Gallery, Seoul, South Korea
2017 Solos, Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain
2015 Personajes Extraños, Mariana Monteagudo & Starsky Brines, Galería El Museo, Bogota, Colombia
El Papel del Dibujo, Galería GBG Arts, Caracas, Venezuela
2013 Stranger than Banana, Gallery Zandari, Seoul, South Korea
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 Expressive Gestures, Galerie Heiki Strewlo, Frankfurt, Germany
Pintura Pintura Pintura. Por: Víctor Zarza, Espacio Proyectos, Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid, Spain
2015 Lugar de gracias. El Paisaje en la Colección Mercantil, Galería “Braulio Salazar,” Valencia, Venezuela
Art Motion, curated by Sala Mendoza, New York, USA
2014 Panorámica: Arte Emergente en Venezuela de 200-2012, Sala Tac., Caracas, Venezuela
Gráfia Mercantil: Indagación y seguimiento, Espacio Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Art Stage Singapore, Marina Sands Expo and Convention, Singapore
2013 Omar Carreño Young Artist Prize, College of Architects of Venezuela
2010 Young AVAP Award, Venezuelan Association of Plastic Artists
2005 Second Prize, VIII Salon Cantc Young people with FIA: Open Looks
2004 Grand Prix Juan Lovera, XXIII Painting Exhibition, Ateneo de Carúpano
2003 Honorific mention. XXIII Painting Exhibition, Ateneo de Carú pano
Best Painting Award, VII Regional Exhibition of Young Artists, Puerto La Cruz
Sander Collection, Darmstadt, Germany
Burger Collection, Hong Kong
Koo House Museum of Art & Design Collection, Seoul, South Korea
CUMOA Chosun University Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
National Museum of China, Pekín, China
Collection Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
Acarigua Art Museum, Venezuela