Chidy Wayne, with whose work as an illustrator we are already familiar, and who has shown a particular ability in recent years for drawing and creating images, now introduces us to his work outside the sphere of commercial projects, with a very personal pictorial offering.
Seeking to create work that is aesthetic and conceptual, Chidy Wayne slips into aesthetic language that has, until now, been absent from his work, paring it down to the bare essentials. In his new pieces, the superfluous is put aside so as to enter more deeply into the drawing, creating a minimalist and gestural work of art.
His new pieces are influenced by the artistic avant-garde as well as by ancestral and cultural elements, giving his drawings a certain primitive character, although urban art and contemporary forms are also present in his style.
These drawings, the result of long reflection, are created using quick, bold strokes, and Chidy Wayne creates a personal code of signs and motifs of great symbolic significance. The drawings present such universal and timeless themes as existence, identity, and internal conflict.
Chidy Wayne’s drawings do not abandon the figurative, but his new subjects, the hands, are shapes in conflict, with a great capacity for synthesis. They are witnesses to the talent and experience he acquired through his work as an illustrator and teacher, as he turns to a more intimate form of expression, using his brushes and charcoal with confidence and energy on large-scale canvas and paper.