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Influences behind Contemporary Visual Art

Art Talk with...
Influences behind Contemporary Visual Art

Art Talk with Brazilian Visual Artist, Tiago Segundo

We love connecting with artists from all over the world! After all, that’s what this segment Art Talk is about. It’s about finding inspiration from different creative influences and supporting each other as a community. For this week’s Art Talk, we had the pleasure of learning about the influences behind a Visual Artist from Brazil. There’s a very unique element to Tiago’s contemporary visual art. How he combines different colors and shapes, and the way he shares a message through his art, is worthy of many compliments!

Musa Creativa (MC): Tell us about you, and your work. 

Tiago: My name is Tiago Segundo and I’m a Contemporary Visual Artist. I grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and ever since I was a child, I always had my eyes focused on art. When I was a child, I always practiced drawing. Growing up, the will to be an artist in contemporary visual art continued. Fast forward to now, I’m an Art History graduate from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State and I currently reside in Orlando. My work has attended exhibitions as individuals, collectives, and virtual between Brazil, the USA, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

contemporary visual art from the Intertwined series by Tiago Segundo
From the Intertwined Series, by Tiago Segundo

MC: We’re in love with the uniqueness of your contemporary visual art! Where does your influence come from?

Tiago: My influence comes precisely from contemporary art, Pop Art, watercolor, and the fashion world. I believe that my visual research presents an investigation based on the relationship between decomposition and image. I have noticed the emergence of two strands that have materialized over time. Both dialogue with human relationships, whether among themselves, with their emotions, with others, or even with objects. At first, I started noticing this “behavior” in watercolor spots, and I intend to extend its understanding to other paints. The spot contributes to a new perception of historical painting techniques as if painting/watercolor was a way of looking at the canvas/frame standard.

Combining the spots, shapes, and the transparencies were made possible by watercolor. The research has acquired an organic and non-organic character since I have been working on images as a montage game. Just like collage, the notion of assembly and combinations is like playing a puzzle. It’s about mixing organic and square shapes, inside and outside, tangles, web, etc. Also, my influence on fashion is shown in my work. Particularly how fashion affects the image of the female body. How the female body behaves in the face of patriarchy, misogyny, and capitalism as a historical problem.

contemporary visual art by Tiago Segundo from Brazil
From the Anti-Fluid Series, by Tiago Segundo

MC: Walk us through the creative process of your contemporary visual art piece “The Moon”.

Tiago: In May of this year, I began studies in Tarot reading because of a crazy dream that I had. I felt that I had to put some of that tarot meaning on my artwork, even before I begin working with the cards. It all started mainly because of my move from Brazil to Florida. I started confronting myself with too many questions. The Moon in the tarot reading means this place where you look to yourself and face your darkest side. It’s all the bad thoughts and questions that you never want the answers to. Therefore, I had to put it out. All my feelings and experiences later turned into artwork.

When I made the Intertwined Series, I was left with a lot of extra cotton paper. Then, I visualized this ‘artificial’ hole, made by layers of paper dyed on deep dark blue paint with a dark head. Just as if we were to examine ourselves deeply in reflection. I realized how beautiful it is to examine my own self. It was a great exercise! There is an essay by Clarice Lispector, a Brazilian writer, in which she talks about how she looked at herself through a locker hole. I guess my artwork–”The Moon“, is sort of the same exercise.

I add glitter, beautiful metallic colors, and flowers, as a way of emphasizing irony as a turning point of criticism. – Tiago Segundo, Brazilian Visual Artist Click To Tweet

MC: In your piece “Welcome on Board” you immerse us in a super creative way. Tell us the story behind it.

Tiago: The series entitled “Welcome on Board”, “It’s just a game”, “Burlesque Show, “Deep Explosion” and “Dreaming of Carousels” are an offshoot of a series of works called “Luxury and Explosion” made in 2016. Where its conceptual characteristics went a little further. The “Luxury and Explosion” series portrays pin-ups from the 40s and 50s, who were angry at the exposure and dissemination of their image as a product of self-destruction. Replacing what would be the head, we find a great explosion of colors. Thus, causing certain discomfort or embarrassment when looking at the image. A point of disturbance. Just like Aby Warburg analyzed in The Birth of Venus of Boticelli, regarding her hair.

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In this series, its critique goes a little further. I use cards from the 70s to actually offer a product. The concept of uncomfortable self-destruction seems to remain. But I add glitter, beautiful metallic colors, and flowers, as a way of emphasizing irony as a turning point of criticism. Such criticism occurs in at least two ways: beyond the massive exposure of the body object and its objectification. We can know for a fact that cards were objects in which images of women were placed. On “Welcome On Board“, just like in “It’s Just a Game” in addition to the images, the deck itself is destitute from its primary condition and now has a brand new meaning.

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MC: The pieces of your collection “Intertwined” are mesmerizing! How would you say your personality is reflected in these pieces of art?

Tiago: I love puzzles! The idea behind Intertwined” arises when I made “Spot Puzzle”. After cutting the spot in equal sizes and reassembling it due to disarranging its first shape. I realized that I could make these watercolor spots and connect them by creating layers. This way it would look kind of shapeless. Like molecules or microbes– almost with a dangle effect. I was able to photograph the movement of the water and played with that. I enjoyed adding different contrasting colors but passing from one to the other very smoothly.

watercolor art
From the Intertwined Series, by Tiago Segundo

MC: What does creativity mean to you?

Tiago: I’ve learned that creativity is all about practice. The more art you make–or any other medium, the more you can experiment with new ways on how to do it. As a result, creativity comes easily. Just as fluid as water!

MC: If your artwork could dance, to which type of music would it dance to, and why?

Tiago: Lana del Rey! I don’t know if people actually dance to Lana del Rey’s music. But when I am creating, I listen to her almost all of the time. I also think that my artworks have this dangerously beautiful concept. Just like a moment hanging out.

watercolor in shapes and forms
From the Intertwined Series, by Tiago Segundo

Creativity is all about practice. The more art you make, the more you can experiment with new ways on how to do it.

Tiago Segundo, Brazilian Visual Artist
swimming creative art
From the Deep Explosion Series, by Tiago Segundo

MC: We love Lana del Rey too! But back to you, as preparation for your art pieces, how do you get into your creative zone?

Tiago: I like to lose my mind listening to music. I also study other artists and other art periods, observe nature, and practice watercolor.

MC: Lastly, who are you inspired by right now?

Tiago: I am inspired by contemporary art, fashion, and literature. If I’d have to mention someone, in particular, I would say Louise Bourgeois and Andy Warhol.


Connect with Tiago Segundo and follow his contemporary visual art journey!

Website: https://tiagosegundo.wixsite.com/tiagosegundo | Shop for Tiago’s artwork at www.newfineartexchange.com and www.binaria.com.

If you are a Creative and would like to share your story with us, or would like to submit your work for a possible feature in our magazine, you can email us at art@musacreativamagazine.com.

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