Petrone (b. 1975, Brazil) studied Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck College, University of London and attended Abstract Art and Portrait Painting at Mary Ward Centre, London.
Petrone is interested in the effect of language as it shapes human experience, in particular the study of post-colonial discourse, gender identity and cultural hybridity. In these studies and interests he finds his artistic expression. In his practice, he uses charcoal, oil and acrylics, as well as writing and upcycling, to reflect upon the human condition and the uneasiness of our identities and their enactments.
To Petrone, painting is a means through which re-thinking culture is suggested to the viewer. His figurative studies reject historically imposed aesthetics and focus on abbreviations of human routines, laid out on canvas, wood panels or paper, waiting to be studied, to be analysed. These fragments of life are echoes of cultures, but culture can mean nothing, if one cannot see oneself rightfully depicted in its representation. Petrone tries to achieve revised ways of human representation in his paintings, and his approach to storytelling gazes at the unsung heroes and heroines of his culturally and linguistically hybrid upbringing, as if peering into the rich, colourful and diverse elements they carry with them.
Naturally attracted to painting figurative expressionism and narratives, Petrone visits the beautiful and the happy, as well as the eerie and the grotesque in his artwork.
Petrone works and lives in London, United Kingdom.
2021 - Group show art fair "New Artist Fair", Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London
2021 - Boomer Art Gallery "What is Art lll", London Bridge Gallery, London
2022 - Saatchi Art Gallery (Art Online)
2021 - Artist Talk Magazine
2022 - British Vogue