Joao Figueiredo’s Reinvented Portaiture

by Nastia VoynovskayaPosted on

Portuguese artist Joao Figueiredo creates painstakingly detailed paintings that look like collages from a first glance. With titles like The First Sin in History and Cherub of Shame, it is evident that Figueiredo takes pleasure in deconstructing Renenaissance-era portraits of nobility and making them into something more sinister. Faces and limbs are chopped up, altered and obscured: Figueiredo appropriates the classical portrait format for a design-focused way of working. The deconstructed portraits, with their Biblical titles, point to contemporary issues of religious hypocrisy. Take a look at some of Figueiredo’s work below.

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