"Art is my life." This simple statement reveals the deep connection Portuguese artist Eduardo Bessa Rodrigues has with art and his creativity. Art is a fluid language for Rodrigues. The way he views the world around him and the way in which he communicates it is exhibited in his artwork. "What is really important to me is how I express myself...The emotional side of life, the love, what I suffer, what I forgot, the sex, the human body, the kiss, the motion, the nature, art, fantasy and happiness," he shares.
In a world that is "machine made" and "standardized", Rodrigues' work resonates with an audience that craves to strip down life and feel its raw emotion. His work enables viewers to reconnect to life and its simple pleasures. His work is about "...Feelings, my childhood and my dreams, the monsters, the end of the world, the universe and how it all interacts. Nothing happens by chance. We are inside a space and time period."
Its not just Rodrigues' work that is impressive, but also his ambition and positivity. "With few resources, I try to do my best. What I do in the future (will be more) vibrant. I feel I have a role in this world. There are people who do not have the ability to express themselves in various ways."
Rodrigues encourages individuals who have the capability to articulate their emotions to "understand the world around them, and express, create, show and inspire others. I always keep (this) on my mind." Not only does Rodrigues have clarity on his feelings, but also on his goals. "My goals are big. They are not a target, but a path that I must go through.
Rodrigues' works have been displayed in Belgium, London, New York and Portugal. We were excited to feature Rodrigues' work at our Los Angeles show in Venice. To learn more about Rodrigues and his work, you can check out his website, Twitter or Facebook.