AC Gallery MIAMI presents Plinio Maines Junior x Constructive Colors. At the intersection of true logic and interpretational beauty, one will find contemporary artist Plinio Maines Junior.
Born in Lages, Santa Catarina, Brazil in 1963, Plinio Maines Junior always had an interest in the materiality of objects and a knack for creating with his hands, but was never fully aware of the role art could play in his life. It was not until a week before entering la Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina located on “La Isla de la Magia” Florianopolis in 1982 that Junior would have a revelation. Starting off with a block of wood and simple chisel set, Junior created his first sculptural work. It was at this point that Junior found an activity that seemed to fully spark his underlying interests. With the beginning of school year in a matter of days though, a field of study decision was destined to occur.
Weighing his options between his newfound passion and an in-demand career option, Junior hesitantly chose the latter and entered the mechanical production engineer program at UFSC. His career would turn out to be very lucrative and filled with successes yet his desire was never fully present, only making appearances as a hobby.
An engineering career did benefit Junior in one major way; as a lead manager for an engineering enterprise, he was given the perk of air travel. It was during these trips from Brazil to Belgium, Canada to China and the world over that Junior would contemplate whilst glancing down onto the surface of the world and witness the lines and forms that shaped our home planet. Blocks of fields would congregate, rows of buildings would sprout and the geometry of life would come alive. With canvas scraps and acrylic pens, Junior went to work on bringing these macro geometries to the human scale and fuel the creative passion that continued to exist within.
Color blocking and definite lines convene and construct the cityscapes, faces, flora and fauna in the works of Plinio Maines Junior as he believes the building blocks of life occur in such a way; abstraction is reconfigured figuratively through our mind. Yet he understands that all interpretations are valid and it is only through our individual interpretations of reality that things will blend to a cohesive state we will all collectively understand.