Originally from Austria, I started my long creative journey in Sri Lanka in 1995.
As an autodidact artist I kept on painting and travelling for some years until I found in Mexico my creative home base.
The majority of my images are born out of an automatic painting technique:
'Automatism refers to creating art without conscious thought, accessing material from the unconscious mind as part of the creative process.'
(Tate Art Term)
Experimentations with all types of mediums include a long fascination with oils on canvas - a symbolic period filled with therapeutic releases, inner and outer travel logs and first screams in color.
The 'colorDrops' series from 2014 mark the beginning of my abstract works in mixed media. This current period includes socio-political pieces about liberty, tolerance, ecocide, division and unity.
My two favorite periods in art history:
The first is plain to see with my Vitruvian-Man-Video-Installation above. It signals my readiness for another Renaissance.
The second is a Québécois artistic dissidents movement called 'Les Automatistes'. Their approach to creating art and some of their 'Total Refusal' (Le Refus global) manifesto ideas really hit home for me.
black hole, mixed media on wood panel, 86x122cm, 2023
Lecce, Italy 2023
BEHIND THE CANVAS
Inside perspective into the Art of Marco Riha
a modern heroic epic