South African Contemporary Artist, Kurt Pio, Brings his Treasure Chest of Precious Gem Paintings to Art Wynwood Miami & ArtExpo, New York City
South African artist, Kurt Pio, brings his gleaming treasure chest of vibrantly painted jewels to New York City. Inspired by his love of world travel and the diamond industry of his native South Africa, his latest body of work encompasses a spectrum of colors, tones, and shapes: princess cuts in royal blue hues; perfectly round diamonds in yellow and pink; and piercingly radiant emeralds. He uses acrylic on a large canvas to create his contemporary designs—flat with the illusion of being installations. “I wanted to take something as small as a tiny diamond and make it big and abstract”, he says.
The Diamond Series is cheerful, bright and playful—much like the artist’s personality. Pio has a wicked sense of humor. Once, when creating pieces for his Full Moon series, he thought it would be comical to paint in the nude—a full moon painting a full moon!
Pio attributes Andy Warhol as being one of his influences, for his ability to create the surreal from the mundane. Pio admits that he, too, is subconsciously inspired by everyday phenomena such as the color gradient of the Instagram logo or the geo-patterns of a brick road in Amsterdam—essentially anything that stimulates his creative juices.
Pio’s work has garnered much critical acclaim and has been featured in Conde Nast House and Garden, Elle Décoration, GQ Style and Wallpaper London to mention but a few noteworthy publications. The appeal of the Diamond Series is global, and his sparkling gems have graced numerous exhibitions overseas: Galleria K2 in Monterrey, Mexico; a residency in Alushia, Russia; Otomy’s Gallery in Melbourne, Australia; the Affordable Art Fair in Singapore; and the Trapholt Museum of Modern Art in Kolding, Denmark. He even sold out of all his pieces at Orange Gallery in New Orleans. And now, his new pieces will be starring in New York’s much coveted ArtExpo. What better city to show off larger-than-life gems to a larger-than-life multicultural crowd of art collectors?
Kurt Pio cordially invites you to visit his work. “Whether you come along for my whole career or for just a small part of it, that makes me happy”.
One thing is for sure: his exciting and vibrant pieces will be the crowning jewel of New York’s ArtExpo.