LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
Erwin Rios was born and raised in Chile. He has lived and worked in Austria since his early youth.
During his studies of art history and twenty-one years of experience in art exhibitions, he has simultaneously and continuously developed as a painter. At first not professionally, but out of an inner need to order thoughts and emotions and to transport them from the inside to the outside. Using acrylic paints, sand, cement and other materials, he brings his concerns to canvas.
The works in the series "Quo vadis" (Where are you going) are a contemplation of people. It begins with himself and everyday life and inevitably expands to all forms of human interaction. "Quo vadis" paintings speak of people who all have one thing in common: The discrimination, be it because of skin colour, religion, social status, gender, sexual orientation …
"I see every single person affected and I see what is going on inside people. Each person is a unique individual and at the same time lives in constant interaction with other people. This raises questions: Who am I? How do I deal with myself and with other people - how does it affect the whole? Ultimately, everyone is concerned with experiencing love, appreciation and happiness. The first step to achieve this is to break down the walls in your brain, broaden your perspective and open your heart," says Erwin Rios.
His painting process is like a conversation. The canvas receives; it listens and then continues to tell the story. The materials are like words, expanded expressions through texture and a few harmoniously coordinated layers of colour. When the words are not enough, the images are there. And the words are no longer necessary.
WHO I AM
implosive, introverted, peculiar homosapiens
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