Alexandre Rajao (1952-)
Signed “ALEXANDRE RAJAO ‘87” lower left,
acrylic & crayon on paper 25 x 19 inches.
“While my focus is on the figure in silhouette, my goal is to illustrate the ambivalence of life in Brasil. The lushness and simplicity of the tropical rain forest and the complexities of life in Rio are reflected in the medium and the message of my work. I try to bring an irresistible force to the images I portray. I bring mankind to his most elemental state, purity, and simplicity. With the ample use of color, I transmit a passionate tone to my work, the vibrancy of my paintings attract the eye for a closer review.”
Alexandre Rajao is well known in the artistic community of Rio de Janeiro. A native Brasilian, Mr. Rajao transmits both the vigor and tranquility of a true Carioca in his work.
Mr. Rajao was born in Brasil on September 9, 1952. He was educated in Rio de Janeiro and he has spent the majority of his life in that city. His work has been equally influenced by the works of such Brasilian artistic luminaries as Vincent de Paula Alencar and d'Henrique Cavalheiro as well as by the vagaries of life in Brasil. The complexities and difficulties which today's Brasilian citizens face are reflected in his work.
Mr. Rajao presents a bold, modernistic style in his paintings and his use of acrylic and crayon is both imaginative and compelling. While his works focus on the use of silhouette figures and faces, he illustrates the ambivalence of life in Brasil. The lushness and simplicity of the tropical rain forest and the complexities of life in a major urban city like Rio are reflected in both the medium and the message of his work. At a showing of his work in his native city, Mr. Rajao's work was praised for the irresistible force of its imagery. At one of his openings, a critic remarked, 'Mr. Rajao brings mankind to his most elemental state, purity and simplicity. With the ample use of color, which transmits a passionate tone to his work, the vibrancy of these paintings attracts the eye for a closer review'.
Mr. Rajao has exhibited his work throughout Brasil with the majority of his exhibitions occurring in Rio de Janeiro.