ATELIER ERWIN RIOS


ARTIST STATEMENT

 

When I don't paint, I'm like a captive lion with only one wish - to break free. When I paint, I meet myself and my subconscious is reflected in the colors and finds expression in the pictures. For me it is a complex and demanding work full of emotions.

 

I look at it, criticize it, scratch it, cover it with acrylic layers ... I destroy it to ultimately create something that turns out to be an expression of my deepest inner being. Through the art work I can communicate myself and my inner worlds ...

 

SERIES QUO VADIS (socially critical art)

The topics that are particularly close to my heart and that find expression in my QUO VADIS series are on the one hand involuntary and voluntary migration; be it political or economic. On the other hand, it is the social inclusion, not only of the immigrants but of all people who are excluded from the society due to their diversity.

 

The paintings in this series tell stories of people who all have one thing in common: The disadvantage, be it through skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, economic situation, social status...

QUO VADIS is dedicated...

... to all people who are exposed to racism, discrimination, violence, war, hunger...

... to all the extinguished existences, lost hopes ... in the daily tragedies.

 

But QUO VADIS also speaks about those who are ultimately blessed by faith and can start a new life in safety and confidence; now facing new challenges with for some fundamentally different cultural and social backgrounds. And then the circle begins all over again.

 

It is important to talk about the topic, it is important to keep the topic publicly present. I process my emotions in my pictures and would like to help the viewers deal with their own emotions and thoughts on the subject.

 

I want to throw the question in the room: What can our society do to at least guarantee everyone's basic rights? And last but not least: what can each individual do...

SERIES MOMENTS

Deforestation, flooding, drought... the news is imprinting in my subconscious and mixing with questions. Memories from my childhood and landscapes of today... will they still be there tomorrow? HOW will they be?

 

I capture instants, moods and reality mixed with fantasy; this in the awareness that nothing is as it was and nothing will remain as it is. We bear the past in our memory, the future in our responsibility. If we continue to treat our planet as we have done so far, our future will be nothing but memory...

 

My message is that we have to change our way of treating nature, people, animals...