Discarded technology and branded garbage are stacked in dystopian structures in Alvaro Naddeo’s paintings




“AmeriCan’t” (2018), watercolor on paper, 20 x 22 inches. All images © Alvaro Naddeo, shared with permission

Behind each of Alvaro NaddeoThe watercolor paintings are an imaginary figure that has built a rickety shopping cart structure or collected waste for a tiny, mobile apartment. “I think they are strong people, resilient and survivors,” the Brazilian artist told Colossal. “They use creativity to overcome obstacles and adapt to whatever situation they find themselves in. In a way, both characters and discarded objects are proof that everything is of value when you know where to go afterwards have to look. “

Naddeo (before) makes dilapidated structures and vehicles – that span just a few inches – mostly out of outdated technology, rusted carts and frames, and a variety of branded materials: a Marlboro shield props up an upper level, a Coca-Cola panel provides protection from the elements as well Logo posters and stickers cover almost any surface. In redesigning these relics, the artist speaks to consumerism and the waste it creates, a concern that is in line with the focus on income and wealth inequalities. He explains:

The gap between rich and poor continues to grow and it seems like nothing can stop it. That is the hard and important message of my work, but this message is wrapped in a nice and warm blanket of nostalgia and the beauty of the composition. This warmth offsets the harshness of the subject.

Naddeo currently lives and works in Los Angeles and will be involved in a number of group shows in the coming months, including Leg type and Outre Galleries in Melbourne and A. Hurd Gallery in Albuquerque. He is also preparing for two solo shows next year that will take place at Thinkspace in Los Angeles and at Beinart. Until then, check out his Instagram for insight into his process and a larger collection of his dystopian paintings.

“Die Hard” (2018), watercolor on paper, 12 x 12 inches

“Mad as Hell” (2020), watercolor on paper, 20 x 20 inches

Left: “Ghosts”, watercolor on paper, 12 “x 24”. Right: “Yes, please” watercolor on paper, 12 “by 24”

“Mil Grau” (2020), watercolor on paper, 14 x 18 inches


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