Diogo Pinheiro was born in Lisbon, Portugal and currently lives in Brampton, ON. He graduated from OCAD University in 2015 and received a BFA in Drawing and Painting. His work consists of urbanscapes that are geometrically simplified and colourful through oil paint on wood panels. Diogo is inspired by artists such as Edward Hopper for his ability to create an urban environment that seems to have been frozen still in time.
Diogo’s works revolve around the idea that forms of "beauty" often go unnoticed, yet contain qualities which provide a positive basis for a better life. Beauty is conceptualised as balance and structure, shown through the simplification of geometric shapes and colour. Diogo uses urban locations as the focus for his works, such as alleyways and train stations, with the purpose of portraying areas that are often over looked or ignored due to the fast pace nature of urban environments. Placing these in a confined area such as a wood panel makes it a focus for the viewer to emerge themselves into.
These works were created as a response to the speed of our culture. A negative side effect to this is that beauty is often missed or ignored. Beauty can be conceptualized as balance and structure shown through simplified geometric shapes. The subject of a train station was purposely picked to symbolize a connection between an individual’s transient experience and an impersonalized public environment – an area created with the sole purpose of having people move through and from. The works show the potential of architecture and its environment when you have colour and three dimensional and flat shapes simplified which helps to show the relationship they have with each other. The missed opportunities for aesthetic experience are then experienced through the work by having them placed in a confined area such as a wood panel.
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