Artist bio

Diego Ducart was born and raised in General Levalle, a bucolic village in central Argentina (Cordoba). He studied photography in 1994 at the School of Arts in Córdoba. He made some exhibitions of artistic photography in the Cordoba region; photos that he developed in black and white. After digital photography came on the scene, he became disheartened of this art and switched from photography to a career in geology. However, he continued to take artistic pictures, thinking that someday he would use them. In 2015, Diego moved to Brazil, where he works as a professor of geology at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP). “I thought I had a “normal life, with my profession and routine as a geologist and university professor. I was never interested in painting, and I was never a regular visitor to museums and exhibitions. However, two events shook my head at the end of 2020” . He underwent two surgeries in a row at the base of the skull to remove a tumor at the most critical moment of the covid pandemic. From that moment on, he began to feel an uncontrollable urge to paint. Self-taught, he began to paint and his interest and passion for painting grew exponentially. Within the painting, different Impressionist painters are its referents: Claude Monet and Camille Pisarro, the Neo-Impressionists Paul Signac and Henri-Edmond Cross, and the Post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh. I think my taste for impressionism comes from the need to 'deconstruct' photography, to get out of the structure or perfectionism of a photo, to be freer, to show the unconscious. The source of inspirational themes for his paintings is his own photographs.


Brush strokes escape



Artist Statement

Painting is for me a journey to escape from this world. My own photographs, thousands collected over a long time, are the source of inspiration for my paintings. My mood helps me select a specific photo, and sometimes I have that image in my head for several days, until the day I put the canvas on the easel and pick up my brushes. At that moment the journey begins.
I often feel lost in the initial process of painting, struggling to find a way out until that moment of clarity. Sometimes this moment of clarity only comes at the end of the process. The canvas reflects this journey full of colors, lights and shadows, optimism, nostalgia, memories, mysteries, feelings generated from inspiring music, distant and empty places, a surreal and unconscious vision of moments and places I have known and experienced. Paintings from the Impressionists Claude Monet and Camille Pisarro, the Neo-Impressionists Paul Signac and Henri-Edmond Cross, and the Post-Impressionist Vincent van Gogh serve as inspiration for my travels.
I seek to inspire those who see my work to look more closely at the world around them, to discover the beauty in common places, moments and objects. However, I'm just a first-time passenger and I know a lot is still to come.

How it fits into contest

The painting shows a struggle and triumphant exit of light over darkness. The staircase is illuminated, indicating the exit from the dark and oppressive pit. The colorful brushstrokes represent the holy spirit showing the way to freedom.

How to Purchase this Artwork

US$ 420. This painting can be adquired in the Saatchi Art site:

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