FERNANDO CARPANEDA ON PAINTING THE DISENFRANCHISED & SCULPTURE AS QUEER RELIQUARY

PRIDE BY FERNANDO CARPANEDA
PRIDE, 2018.  Acrylic on Canvas, 8″ x 10″.

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Fuck Racism by Fernando Carpaneda (1)
FUCK RACISM,  2019.   Acrylic on Canvas, 16″ x 20″.
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Currently living and working in New York, Brazil born Fernando Carpaneda was one of the first Brazilian artists to exhibit homoerotic works in Brazil, in the 1980s.  Beggars, pop stars, sex workers, punks and outcasts of all kinds are the object of his attention and aesthetic. He portrays them in clay sculptures and acrylic paintings. Using DNA as artistic material- be it his own hair or that of his models- he blends it with wood, fabric, cement, stencil and canvases while preparing his sculptures and paintings. Early in 2000, Carpaneda started a series of sculptures portraying scenes of explicit sex, pop stars and sex workers as a form of re-reading the aspirations of Greek and Roman statuary.

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Go-Go-Boy - Sex Worker by Fernando Carpaneda
GO-GO BOY (SEX WORKER), 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 16″x 20″.

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Miche -Sex Worker by Fernando Carpaneda
MICHE (SEX WORKER), 2019. Acrylic on canvas, 16″x 20″.
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My sculptures and paintings are experimental works on material and feelings. I explore new possibilities in sculpting, the human body and new forms. Prior to sculpture I worked for 15 years with assemblages.  Assemblages naturally led to becoming a sculptor.

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PUNK RODIN, 2014
Reinterpretation of Rodin sculpture “Age Of Bronze”.  Water Based Clay, Mixed Medium, Human Hair, Acrylic Paint, 22 inches tall.

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Most of my sculptures are portraits of friends, ex-lovers, and random guys.  I transform my sculptures into a kind of reliquary, where you can identify references to the models, for example, phrases, poetry or organic matter, such as human hair…

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Punk Rodin. Sculpture by Fernando Carpaneda. Reinterpretation of Rodin sculpture Age Of Bronze.
PUNK RODIN, 2014
Reinterpretation of Rodin sculpture “Age Of Bronze”.  Water Based Clay, Mixed Medium, Human Hair, Acrylic Paint, 22 inches tall.

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I followed this path because I wanted to create works that have a consequential meaning to me and a strong connection with my models, and so, my past experiences are always present.  My hope is that my works become accessible in reach.  That an audience appreciates my art regardless of their own sexuality or preference.

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PUNK RODIN, 2014
Reinterpretation of Rodin sculpture “Age Of Bronze”.  Water Based Clay, Mixed Medium, Human Hair, Acrylic Paint, 22 inches tall.

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I like to create art that do not neatly fit into the boxes and labels within contemporary art. I like to go against the standards imposed by art institutions. I try to escape the contemporary visual aesthetics and I prefer follow lines of works that escape this contemporary aesthetic.

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PUNK RODIN, 2014
Reinterpretation of Rodin sculpture “Age Of Bronze”.  Water Based Clay, Mixed Medium, Human Hair, Acrylic Paint, 22 inches tall.

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My goal with my art is also to show other sides within the LGBTQ+ culture and society in general. By that, to open the minds of the audience to other possibilities within gay and punk art. My works speak of freedom, of being what you are, without fear of assuming your ideas and ideals.

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The Rebirth of Punk. Sculpture by Fernando Carpaneda. Reinterpretation of Michelangelo s sculpture Dying Slave.
THE REBIRTH OF PUNK, 2015 
Reinterpretation of Michelangelo`s sculpture “Dying Slave”.
Water Based Clay, Mixed Medium, Human Hair, Acrylic Paint, 22 inches tall.

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To explore Carpaneda’s works further please visit the artist’s website.  Fernando is also Editor and Chief of Carpazaine Magazine.

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To explore more queer contemporary art please visit www.balaclavadotq.net.

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