Paintings of trash neatly organized in stacks by Brazilian artist Alvaro Naddeo based on Los Angeles. Partly self-taught, Naddeo's inspiration comes from having lived in cities such as Lima, New York City and Los Angeles—urban environments which have shaped his memory and permeate his work. As a kid, he spent hours drawing and watching his father, who was also an illustrator. At 17, he remembers comparing his work to his dad and thinking that his drawings and paintings were not good enough. Frustrated by his attempts, he quit and pursued a career in advertising as an Art Director, which allowed him to exercise his interest in art. Eventually, after being exposed to the many contrasts of living in New York City, his desire to pick up the brush again intensified and he has decided to make a career creating works of art.
The subject matter of my work is waste, overconsumption and social inequality. Trash and objects found in the street are valuable, and not only for aesthetic reasons. The brands, logos and packaging depicted in my work are objects with an inherent duality, both desirable and despicable, a clear byproduct of having worked in advertising for more than 20 years.On view at Thinkspace Gallery March 4–25.