Luís Parreira is an Azorean artist, born on 20/10/1985 in Angra do Heroísmo, a world cultural heritage city. Graduated and working in the area of information technology, from a very young age he used painting as a form of expression and self-achievement.
His artistic journey went through two distinct phases. He began as a figurative artist through the commissioned portrait, in charcoal and dry pastel, always trying to obtain a representation as realistic as possible. Over time, he felt the need to transmit through the painting not only what he saw but what he felt and imagined. Today, his work consists on the portraits of imaginary figures inspired essentially in cinema, mythology and fashion.
His style is a classic realism misture combining personal and surreal perception and is essentially influenced by the genetic form of the eyes and the dramatic lighting of the Baroque period. At a technical level, he uses classic oil painting due to it’s potential for color, contrast and texture.
I paint because so! Not because I want to, but because I need to.