Brazilian artist Bruno 9Li makes strange and striking paintings – almost like murals – and if I was to be honest I generally wouldn’t be interested however there’s is something intriguing about his work. Vibrant is an understatement, every adjective to describe his work would probably be an understatement and that’s part of their compelling nature. Bruno, otherwise known as Bruno Novelli, draws from the rich melting pot of Brazil, it’s clash of cultures; the old and new world, christian and pantheistic, traditional and technological. This abundance of cultural imagery and a style influenced by everyone from the surrealists to comic books and science fiction has led to these extraordinary paintings.
On his site Lorenzo Gatti of Rojo has this to say:
In his works animals seem to spring out of the diaries and bestiaries of the first European explorations of the “New World”, epic heroes strongly impose themselves to spectator’s attention, through an immersion in a supernatural and ancestral world. A return to the origins, a lost Golden Era permeated by symbology, where you can clearly notice references to pop culture, comix and science fiction films.
With his frantic and saturated line, Bruno 9li draws a chaotically arranged world, ruled by a mysterious alchemy that controls, between past and future, death and resurrection, fantastic metamorphosis and genetic mutations of beasts and paladins into demigods and androids.
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