HENRIQUE DE FRANCA
Henrique de França (1982) is a Brazilian visual artist born and raised in Sao Paulo, where he currently lives and works. His intricate figure drawings explore the blank space of the paper and the possibilities of lines, shadows and negative spaces. The artist's starting point is from random juxtaposed images in order to tell evasive, nostalgic narratives. Their dialogue exists between the urban and rural, in the present social context with shades of a recent past.
My work is about creating stories that people can relate to, and give them a continuity, from a personal and nostalgic point of view. That said, my drawings also address the confrontation between generations, traditions and classes. The work also reflects on the construction of society, from my perspective as a Latin-American. I explore the limits between urban and rural spaces as the limits of civilization. By leaving a dramatic and motionless feeling to the composition, as if something just happened or is about to happen, expresses the changes that we, as a society, experience. Even when nothing seems to happen in a scene, there is a sense of pensiveness, as if the characters are in the grip of internal reflections about life, memory, hope and change. I like to think of my work as a metaphorical social comment that comes from individual experiences.