Aster da Fonseca

Washington, DC

"The most striking work is by Aster da Fonseca, a Brazil-bred Washington painter." Washington Post, July 19, 2012

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Bio/Statement:
I am a self-taught artist, born in Volta Redonda, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I have lived in Washington, DC since 1995.

I began painting in 1998, and I was originally influenced by Matisse and Picasso. My exploration of art and art history involved researching artists that would inspire me to create my own style. Eventually I evolved from figurative to abstraction, where I found my creative expression, though I am still interested in the human form.

The amorphous compositions created in these paintings demonstrate the interaction between movements and colors in a sensual way. They are influenced by the female figures drawn in the works of Le Corbusier and the works of Roberto Burle Marx.

As I had no academic training, my interest in painting is to continue searching for new ways of working, using a combination of techniques including accidental painting technique, to create transparencies and depth to achieve a unique style.

Exhibitions

2015

Group Exhibition, Artist’s Proof Contemporary Art Gallery - 1533 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC, (http://www.aproof.net (link to Aster’s work: http://www.apro)

2015

Ten By Ten, Gallery Plan B, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2015

The Artists at Art 17, Art 17, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2015

What Do You See? An Exhibition of Abstract Paintings, Gallery Plan B, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2014

Mid-City Artists Open Studios, The Artists on 14th - Washington, DC

2013

Mid-City Artists Open Studios, Artists on 14th - Washington, DC

2012

S.C.A.M.P., Gallery Plan B, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2011

Year End Member Exhibition, Gallery Plan B, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2010

Year End Member Exhibition, Gallery Plan B, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2010

Autumn Show, Gallery 10, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2009

Year-End Member Exhibition, Gallery Plan B, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2006

Homebody Show, Homebody Gallery, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2005

Member Show, Gallery Plan B, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2005

Group Show, Results Gallery - Washington, DC

2003

Group Show, Results Gallery, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2002

Color Formed, RPM, Group Exhibition to benefit SMYAL - Washington, DC

2002

ExpandoS.C.A.M., Touchstone Gallery, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2002

Aster da Fonseca: Recent Works, Brazilian-American Cultural Institute, Solo Exhibition - Washington, DC

2001

Son of S.C.A.M., Studio Gallery, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2000

Fractured Figures, Source Theater Gallery, Solo Exhibition - Washington, DC

2000

S.C.A.M.: Art of the Americas, Brazilian-American Cultural Institute, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

2000

S.C.A.M. Artists, Recent Works, Studio Gallery, Group Exhibition - Washington, DC

1999

Harlequinade, Mediterranean Blue, Solo Exhibition - Washington, DC

1999

4th Annual International Juried All Media Exhibit, Eklektikos Gallery of Art, Juried Exhibition - Washington, DC

1999

Member Show, Museum of Contemporary Art, Juried Exhibition - Washington, DC

1998

3rd Annual International Juried All Media Exhibit, Eklektikos Gallery of Art, Juried Exhibition - Washington, DC

1998

Nurture, Mediterranean Blue, Solo Exhibition - Washington, DC

1998

Awakening, Mediterranean Blue, Solo Exhibition - Washington, DC