Colombian artist Dairo Vargas specialises in painting landscapes and portraits in a vivid and energetic Abstract Expressionist style. With a passion for the natural world and the vulnerability of the human condition, Dairo uses his art to create a spiritual journey for both himself and the viewer. Themes of love, life and death fill his canvases and probe at a deeper interpretation of his paintings. By abstracting the real and distorting the expected, Dairo’s gestural mark-making forms powerful pieces of art, bursting with emotion.
Born in 1978 in Colombia, Dairo had his first painting commission at the age of 16, giving him the confidence to pursue an artistic career. Training in Graphic Design, Dairo worked in the advertising industry for many years before chasing his dreams of becoming an artist. Dairo is now based in London, and since graduating from Chelsea College of Art in 2008, he has shown his art in New York, Los Angeles, London, Miami, Dubai and Hong Kong.
Dairo draws influence from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and combines the characteristics of traditional painting with a modern, expressive approach. Some of his works directly reference the old masters, either through his choice of colour, subject or composition. Much of Dairo’s inspiration comes from memories of going to church as a child, with the art of stained glass windows, paintings of saints and religious sculptures immersing him and still informing his art to this day.
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