The internationally acclaimed artist Brian M. Viveros has an unmistakable signature. His detailed images of defiant beauties evoke a raw poetry of stubbornness. Beautiful and yet barbaric, they draw on the power of femininity and its reconciliation of vulnerability, beauty and power. His subjects are fighters and survivors, immaculately made and bloody enough to remind us that they are terrible opponents who are not taken lightly. The artist’s hyper-real portraits deliver cult-worthy heroines triumphant in battle, complete with cigarettes anchored in front of their lips and tattoos and wounds that can compete with those of a soldier. They are hard winners of steel with something sublime. Viveros’s work elevates the iconography of the Femme-Fatale to a powerful emblem of strength and retribution: beauties unafraid of the stubbornness of a disorderly struggle.
The oil, airbrush, acrylic and ink paintings by Brian Viveros are technically perfectionist with pigment, luminosity and depth. the compositions moving and simple. The artist’s emphasis is on focal points such as the eyes, lips and skin, conveying the subtlety of the tiny expression and the power of an intrusive look. The images feel cinematic, like haunting stills from a movie, because of their evocative suggestion of narration and the iconicity of their motifs. There is a clear recognition in the creative cosmos of the artist.
Vivero’s recognition and revelation was catalyzed by his participation in a large group exhibition in Switzerland in 1997 titled: The Art of Porn, in which he co-starred alongside renowned artist and Academy Award winner H.R. Giger issued. Since then, Viveros’ work has been exhibited in North America and Europe and presented at numerous international art fairs. Most recently, Vivero’s War of the Roses was sold out as a solo presentation for Art Basel Miami via the Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles.