Medium: Mixed Media
Description: Mixed media work inspired by Jazz
Artist Statement "I like to work with a range of different media which include found objects, collage, spray paint, oil sticks, oil paints, enamel, and acrylic. My paintings are not premeditated, I create improvising as I go along allowing the each painting to indicate to me the direction to go in." Andres Chaparro Artist Biography Andres Chaparro is a mixed media artist whose socially conscious work is inspired by Jazz music. As early as he can remember, music and art have been an important part of his life. At the age of 13, Andres was introduced to jazz music which he made an instant spiritual connection. This was a defining moment in his life as an artist. While in high school he would make frequent visits to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, which opened up the world of visual art for him. He always had an affinity for drawing, but it was the museum visits that made him fall in love with art. In the late 1980's Andres began painting on canvas, while completing his studies in New York City. He explored jazz as an enthusiast and visited SoHo art galleries and other major museums during this time. Chaparro early paintings explored different mediums and subject matters; but he was always drawn back to jazz which led to many early pieces reflecting jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis. Andres' paints out of his Windsor, CT studio, his mix media paintings incorporate collage, oil sticks, marker, crayon, pencil, acrylic, spray paint and found objects. Chaparro continues to refine his own visual vocabulary through his focus on the intersection between art, & music. His artwork is fluid and free, and the paintings reflect more concern for spontaneous emotion rather than traditional conventions, strong color contrast, and distorted subject matter. His paintings can be found in a myriad of permanent public and private art international collections and his work has been exhibited in galleries and alternative exhibition spaces in the United States as well as Canada.
Tour Location: Windsor Art Center Studios, 35 Central Street, Windsor