Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
I am a mixed media artist working primarily within painting. I make layered, photo-based works that come from dreams and my own photographic archives. At the moment I am making oil paintings on board. What interests me the most is the nature of reality, including perception, memory, time, and dreams. I create environments that I like to call my own mindscapes; imagined places that have the potential to become real. I am engaged in creating worlds that are “in-between” reality and the imagined, dreams and waking life, conscious and unconscious.
My work engages and expands within the tradition of Western art history, more specifically, painting. I see my paintings connected to Greek and Roman wall frescoes, medieval panel painting, and with other more modern and contemporary art forms such as photography, film, comics, and video games.
Through the use of sketches, digital enhancement, and paintings, I create an alternate world in which the observer recomposes the story using different elements that I provide, in a way that the same scenario can be recreated in an infinite number of ways.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Patao, Hugo, "Time, Space, and Reality" (2019). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 123.