I have been extremely lucky as a child and as an adult to be able to travel to exotic places. Architecture has always intrigued me, from cathedrals in Europe to the minarets of the Middle East. This particular painting was inspired to me by the famous 'FAVELAS' of BRAZIL.It is painted in metallic colors and shows very simple detail in shades of blues,burgundies and gold.
A favela is basically a shanty town. When i was in Rio a few years back,the area of ROCHINHA hosts about a quarter million people living on the hillsides of Rio with homes that are made of inexpensive lumber and tin roof tops . There is a sense of compression to see these homes stacked on top of each other , with total lack of space.Yet from a distance ,one can see a skyline of absolutely absurd roof tops staring at you among the golden sunsets behind them.
These similarities of shanty homes can be found in Africa and Asia.It never seizes to amaze me that while we live in the capitalistic West , we continuously ask for more and more.....yet millions of people around the world seem blessed to have a 'TIN ROOF' over their heads.
Their world is simple .....yet it seems ours is so complex.