I have been following Lucas Lamenha for a while now.
I love his art and the fantastic worlds that he manages to fit onto a canvas.
He also includes encouraging messages in his artwork so that his art becomes somehow a manifesto of his world.
I grew up amongst my father’s paintings and Lucas’s abstract, geometrical faces somehow remind me of the mysterious silver figures my father used to paint everywhere, only in a street-art, 2.0, pop version.
Lucas Lamenha is a Brazilian, now living in his home town Maceiò, not too far from Recife.
He has just had his first international exhibition in June and July at the DSArts Viva Gallery in London, in the cool area of Dalston and he will also show his art in New York in September at a collective exhibition called The Growing Culture.
One of my new New Year resolutions (see my past but still valid resolutions here) was to read at least one of the books that inspire the people who I inspire me so I asked Lucas to recommend a book. He said “The boy in the striped pyjamas from John Boyne because it shows us that it is possible to have humanity even in an inhuman time in history like this. Also because it shows innocence as one of the most precious things in the world.”
Thank you Lucas, I will definitely follow your advice!