Luís Parreira is an Azorean fine 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 epic themes, mythology and fashion.
At a technical level, he uses the classic oil painting because of it’s potential for color, contrast and texture.
My inspirational palette is a classic realism mixture combining personal and surreal perception to translate my emotions into the canvas.
Each painting goes beyond a long process of introspection. I start by slowly building an image in my mind, and then translate that onto my painting. Many times, during the process, new emotions and thoughts arise, which gradually give birth to the masterpiece.
Subconsciously each painting reflects my self experiences or people who have played major influences in my life, shapping my personality.
I paint because so! Not because I want to, but because I need to.