A painter for more than 35 years, Erik d'Azevedo is a creator marked by his childhood.
The son of an anthropologist, d'Azevedo spent much of his early childhood inhabiting foreign lands, from Africa 's Liberia to Indian reservations in California and Nevada . These places, and his place in them, had a profound social and creative impact on the child who became an artist.
His striking large-scale, mixed media paintings -- incorporating acrylic, metallic paint, and industrial parts on canvas, for example -- have garnered numerous solo and group exhibitions. The artist earned a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1992, as well as a prestigious Pollack-Krasner grant. In addition, he has several times been a SECA (Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art) nominee.
His ever-evolving art involves an indirect method of painted polyurethane that is transferred in reverse onto canvas. The surface result is similar to printmaking or photography in that the paintings are done "blind." d'Azevedo says that he often does not know what the painting will look like until it is complete. Some works are made by cutting or tearing images and pasting them in place. In some cases, an entire painting is successfully pulled like a print.
Fresh and exciting, this pure process often produces energetic and cerebral works.
"When you make a good painting, it sings in a way; you hear it as your own music," said d'Azevedo in an interview in works + conversations magazine. "It is totally your own music; and it's the most beautiful sound you've ever heard."
d'Azevedo lives in Berkeley , California and has enjoyed teaching stints at the San Francisco Art Institute and St. Mary's College, both in California.
In 2006, two of his paintings were acquired by the Oakland Museum of American Art and he has recently been nominated for the Eureka Fellowships Award, part of the Fleishaker Foundation.