Flamboyant, vibrant colors and patterns bring energy into the otherwise quiet, Hong Kong outpost of London’s White Cube gallery. Part of Beatriz Milhazes’s first solo show in Hong Kong, they comprise a new series of paintings and collages by the Brazilian abstractionist, inspired by the sharp constrast between the exotic native flora of her native Rio de Janeiro and the city’s dominating, urban environment.
Milhazes’s kaleidoscopic artworks are created in her studio, which is located in the vicinity of Rio de Janeiro’s luscious botanical gardens. A graduate of communications at Hélio Alonso University, she began studying art at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage in 1980, where she discovered a passion for decorative arts. The influences of exuberant Brazilian culture and European modernist abstraction inform her bold imagery of arabesque motifs and lacework designs.