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posted Friday, April 8, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 15
New York-based artist Fernando Carpaneda's sculpture to appear at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival
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New York-based artist Fernando Carpaneda's sculpture to appear at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival

by Manoush - Special to the SGN

Fernando Carpaneda's sculpture, 'The Rebirth of Punk,' a reinterpretation of Michelangelo's sculpture 'The Dying Slave' will be on display at the Seattle Erotic Art Festival 2016, April 22-24, at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. For more information on the festival, visit www.seattleerotic.org.

Today Fernando Carpaneda definitely is one of the most important artists of Brazil's underground art scene. Fernando began his career at age thirteen painting landscapes and unpretentious portraits. He honed his craft and talent with every new piece created. Today the young boy has become a man, his art [receiving] ever-growing international recognition and appreciation! The early years of Fernando's career in Brasilia were not easy due to the strong influence of the 'underground' and street culture depicted in his work. In the early years of his career, a renowned art gallery owner suggested changes to Fernando's works to make them 'fit better.' [But] Carpaneda broke with the conventionality of art galleries and took off for a far more personal and radical artistic journey.

Beginning to exhibit in unofficial spaces or just simply in the streets, he often got his inspiration from these very same places. At the same time some of the new admirers of his art became stars of international rock music or found fame in the film industry, including Arturo Vega (The Ramones), Leigh De Vries, Ginger Coyote, myself (Manoush) and many others. With aggressive creativity and the unusual use of unconventional materials (often coming from dumpsters), Carpaneda had finally established his art drawn from the streets after being invited to participate in a collective exhibition at the infamous CBGB`s Gallery in New York in the year of 2000. CBGB`s scene was definitely a door opener for Carpaneda and paved his way to enter the international art circuit.

Fernando Carpaneda was one of the first Brazilian artists, if not THE first, to disseminate and systematically display punk art and homoerotic art. His voracious engagement in the cause of diversity and punk culture led him to exhibit at Art Basel in Miami, the Tom of Finland Foundation in California, The Stax Museum of American Soul Music in Memphis and The Leslie Lohman Museum in New York to name a few. His works are included in multiple art collections, galleries and museums around the world, while also appearing in publications such as The Best of Punk Globe Magazine, alongside Debbie Harry, Jamie Oliver (U.K. Subs), Sid Vicious, Earl Slick, John Lydon, The Addicts, Glen Matlock, Joe Dallesandro, Andy Warhol, Pauley Perrete. His work is also featured in Treasures of Gay Art from the Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation, which includes work by Andy Warhol, Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, Jean Cocteau, and many others. In June 18, 2012, some of his works were selected and exhibited at Times Square in New York, during the opening of the exhibition Art Takes Times Square. The works were exhibited in 10m² LED panels covering 23 floors (Nasdaq screens, Thomson and Reuters, Clear Channel Spectacolor, and A2aMedia's Port Authority) the exhibition was seen by over 1 million people.

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