Carlo Magno (b. 1960) has successfully reinvented himself to an abstractionist. Carlo was a former realist artist who turned to abstract art for the love of freedom of expression. He delivers a new way of seeing thoughts, emotions and handling of material in the art making.
Carlo shows distinctive confidence in the handling and crafting, the intricacies of mixed media, particularly applying acrylic paint pre-mixed with sand particles and minerals to make subdued textural effects. His use of colours relates to his minimalistic approach that adheres to the more elemental qualities. Carlo is also obsessed with the use of the circle motif, a ubiquitous presence that betrays his firm foundation in Chinese classical studies and philosophy. In his many works he creates thin horizontal gridlines that take up a major part of the superimposed composition, creating an animated interplay between the spaces, imaginary and reality, which crosses boundaries and barriers. His works are featured in books such as "Philippine Art Now" and "Twentieth Century Filipino Artists”.
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