artworks by Ugo Li

Ugo Li, born in 1987, is a French painter who currently lives and works in Paris, France. Improvisation is at the heart of artist's work. Time is his ally and painting imposes itself on him like an injunction. It dictates his brushstrokes. His work is not abstract or figurative. His paintings are the result of a process of experiences, a way of physically transposing representations accumulated in his memory. It can be the retranscription of punctual and ontological emotions, or of precise events linked to his life: autobiography is very close and sweeps through the essence of his work.

 

His practice of painting is also part of the time necessary to execute a painting with its multiple layers successively deposited on the canvas. He ironed, crossed out, erased, crossed out, leaving, most often, only a tiny part of the initial drawing. This process tends to achieve the expression of painting as a dialogue, a quest for pictorial emotion.

 

The wanderings on the canvas provoke the explosion by the multiplication of elements and colors, before offering a new visual coherence. Each painting is a surface, or even a stage, on which an open mechanics unfolds, the rules of which are in no way laid down in advance: the motifs follow the law of associations of forms and ideas, they are constantly transforming. In some of his paintings, he plays with signs, words and isolated images. Thus, the signs are silent, they say nothing, they do not want to announce any clue, they are pictorial elements or rather a kind of pictorial zapping whose global deciphering belongs to each spectator.

His bold, pictorial and often abstract work appropriates and reinterprets the visual signs of today's society. Ugo Li is often inspired by the colorful advertising that pervades society. He plays with words and slogans that appear isolated on the canvas and are intended to provide a more pictorial purpose as they are removed from their original commercial context. For Ugo Li, the canvas becomes a place where he can project his emotions. He often removes and repaints the work until he is satisfied with the dialogue that has taken place.

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