I’ve expressed my admiration for Fefe Talavera‘s work before. The care with which she draws her beautifully imaginative monsters is a wonder in its own.
I recently went to one of her exhibitions and was taken aback by her wall, graffiti-like artwork.
She’s recently turned to brighter colors and slightly simpler strokes, somewhat different from the picture above (check her page for a closer look). Both approaches are equally pleasing.
Now I don’t know if I travel Rio or if I buy one of her paintings.
Artistic or sensory pleasure?
I said recently that there is usually something homely in art produced by women. Evidently, that is not always the case.
Since I am in a constant fight to break stereotypes, there is a Brazilian painter and illustrator who does it very gracefully, Fefe Talavera:
Depicting emotions using monsters is something she does very well too. I’ve kept up with her blog for some time now and it is always surprising to see what forms and shapes will be presented in the next image.
Drawing inspiration from street art, indigenous paintings and European masters, Talavera creates cartoon-like characters who seem full of personality and presence in the way they represent subconscious emotions.
There is definitely beauty in ugly feelings.