A Call to Artistic Revaluation

Brazilian Artist Protests the Modern State of Art in Renaissance Digital Art Series

Emerging from her indignation about the current state of art, Sao Paulo based artist Paula Maia, created this series of digitally reworked versions of classic art pieces. Through viewing the works of artists such as Brazilian Romero Britto, and American Jeff Koons, Paula told The Plus that she was moved to create this critique of modern art.

‘The real artists are Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Velázquez, Antoon von Dyck, Picasso, Salvador Dali, among others, from the Baroque, Cubism and Surrealism periods.’

With the use of Photoshop, Paula was able to layer the iconic pieces of work with abstract shapes and pixilation. Her work aims to mirror the trivialization of art in the digital era, where Paula comments, ‘anyone can call him/herself an artist.’ As a protest and interference, this series is Paula’s way of drawing attention to the undervaluing of true artistic practice.

‘[The Renaissance] was a time for discovery of the world and mankind. I truly believe that we need to go through this again.’

Renaissance Digital Art is a call to artistic revaluation, calling us to rediscover and recalibrate on the direction of or cultural, humanistic and naturalistic ideals.

Paula also creates sculptures and furniture, with her next project being handmade pyrography on pieces of wood, and geometric draws.


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