ABOUT THE ARTIST
Luiz Fernando Rosa Nanini is a naturalized Brazilian-American visual artist born in Mexico City (1999). He has a BFA in Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin (May 2022). His work takes on a Dada-like approach that emphasizes exploration and discovery. The manipulation of material and texture comes from a desire to express and learn from the medium and process of art-making. He has been part of four group exhibitions at UT Austin, including We're Done, The Armageddon Show, Colossal Wait: 2022 Senior Art Exhibition, and the 2022 Research Week Exhibition (2022). His awards include being recognized as a Distinguished Scholar in UT's honors day for two consecutive years.
My work is upfront, expressive, energetic, and playful. There is a joy to art-making that I wear on my sleeve; I believe that feeling is something everyone should experience. I look at art from a Dada-like perspective. I want to treat art the way a child treats a toy: as a mechanism of exploration and discovery. I manipulate material and texture with the sole purpose of exploring and learning--something I call explorative play.
This approach allows me to learn in a different way and pushes me to a challenge myself and discover something new at my own pace. The goal is not to correct mistakes or perfect a craft; rather, it is to learn about and from the material, subject, and process of art-making.
My enjoyment of the process--and my desire to share that joy--shows that in how I work. My practice is performative, not just in my expressive lines but also in the movements I make when I work. I want to elaborate on this unconscious element of my process in my work. I seek to create a direct line of communication between myself and the viewer. Honesty is important to me, and I find that a sincere approach creates a more open environment where experimentation can thrive.