An Interview with painter Claudio Souza Pinto
The interview in this video is translated to English.
You can find his work on display and for sale at The Longworth Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
A bit about Claudio Souza Pinto:
“I transform situations of everyday life with a surreal filter and create fantastic and humorous images,” says the Romantic Surrealist painter Claudio Souza Pinto.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1954, Claudio at the age of four began working in clay under the guidance of his uncle, the painter Bernardo Cid de Souza Pinto. He sold his own art while studying for a degree in industrial design at Mackenzie University in São Paulo.
In 1990, the French art collector, fell in love with Souza Pinto’s work and invited him to exhibit at Le Bains and the Opera in Paris. Souza Pinto lived in France for many years where he acquired solid formal training in oil painting and started his career in earnest. This contributed to a very strong European and particularly French influence in his work.
For the artist, life is a great paly. “All of us have different behavior masks,” he says, “and they emerge depending on the occasion ... in the theater of life!”
Painter, poet, humorist, the definition given to Claudio Souza Pinto’s style by the artistic and intellectual communities of Paris, accurately translates the Brazilian’s fine art paintings, which transform daily situations into surreal romantic and funny images.
His works are the result of very elaborate preparation. The detail and the technical quality along with the execution and perspective are his hallmarks. The paintings are layered with glazing amid meticulous details that reveal Claudio’s perfectionism.
Claudio plays with our imagination and our feelings in a pleasing, delicate and elegant way. His paintings are joyful with exuberant colors that are exquisitely balanced to create beautiful compositions.
The large scale of his paintings, along with the magic posed through both context and artistic quality is truly admirable. Surreal, romantic, and funny images are at the core of his work, revealing his interest in love and human happiness. Painting is a silent poetry and some dreams will happen only if spoken in a work of art.
As Keats so aptly put it, “Truth is beauty”