Perfectly encapsulating the spirit of Pop-Art...
A follower of the legacy of Pop Art, this artist has become widely known for his handmade serigraph printings.
Abidiel Vicente (1975- ) resides and works in São Paulo, Brazil.
His first series presented to a larger audience, named Popsi, has become a beacon of his proficiency with formal arrangements and of his understanding of art as something truly independent.
Before he created works on paper, Abidiel had conceived windows for a number of fashion labels.
In 2008, other materials joined his repertoire, leading him to reuse several of them such as the steel drums (often found in dumpsters and wrecking yards) discarded by oil companies, which he used as raw material for his newly found artistic endeavor.
Abidiel started to display his immense control over techniques, mixing up airbrush and silk-screen applied onto the metal drums of varied sizes. On those drums, the artist has materialized his interpretation of popular day-by-day brands.
Drums of oil companies Shell and Esso would then contain water and psychiatric medicines such as Rivotril (Clonazepam), Dormonid (Midazolam), Lexotan (Bromazepam) and Prozac with altered formulas, thus making fun of the excessive consumption of such remedies nowadays and the aggressive marketing strategies that are commonly adopted in the pharmaceutical industry.
Even the logos of legendary music groups such as New Order and Joy Division were given new dimensions and were applied onto the metal drums, showcasing the artist’s connection not only to music, but also to the very aesthetical preciousness of communication itself.