"My name is Luiz D. Coelho, born in 1962 and I am a self-taught artist. My career began 20 years ago, when I traded in my job as a commercial designer for a life powered by my passion for my own art. It was then that I decided to frequent the more bohemian areas of the city and observe the people living there, for I wanted to live like them and feel the ambience of seduction that their lifestyles created around them. After a while, I ended up being transformed into one of these very people who had inspired the images in my paintings. <br><br>
"Today, I still attempt to fill my work with the people and things that surround me: bohemians, women, samba, and <i>carnaval,</i> all images from Rio that attract and bewitch me, which I observe and combine into movements and colors on the canvas. <br><br>
"For a period of my life, I lived exclusively from my artwork, which was sold through friends and painting collectives, since I am generally averse to working through galleries and shows. For a little while I frequented the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts, where I learned that an artist must forget all the roses that have already been painted and go on to paint his own rose. It was with this mentality that I returned to self-learning, making my own working process the greatest form of learning of all. Of my own choosing, I opted to take a break from painting for five years, during which time I learned another trade. Now, I am a graphic designer by day, and by night I dedicate myself to painting, since it is the night life that provides me with the distinctive characters of Rio's bohemia, whom I carry with me to the canvas. <br><br>
"I classify myself as a person who lives irrespective of social and academic norms. I allow myself to be very experimental in my work in terms of subject matter, color, and design elements, which I use according to the whims of my imagination. The two greatest rewards in my work come from the immense support and inspiration I receive from my wife and the opportunity to enter a small Brazilian chapter in the volume of universal art."
In the Andes, the Land of the Four Corners, mountains are sacred. So is culture. The Nazca lines, the Wari glyphs, the Quipu knots and the complex multi-colored textiles of the Incas are all recorded and live on the work of contemporary Peruvian artisans.