Gallery Q Archives – 2017 October

Like Me: Portraits by Cristiano F. Lopes

October 2 to 26, 2017

Opening Reception: October 6, 2017 (First Friday) from 6pm to 9pm

Like Me, Portraits by Cristiano F. Lopes

Cristiano F. Lopes is a Brazilian visual artist living in Buffalo, NY and Sao Paolo, Brazil.  As a multicultural artist he is interested in the ways in which the internet breaks down cultural and political borders and barriers particularly through the use of self portraiture, or “selfies,” as a form of communication. “Like the internet, my work has no nationalities and is in constant revolution leading to different connections,” states Lopes. While much of his work deals with gender and sexuality through appropriated imagery, his portraits aim to represent the human condition. Lopes says, “I’m a visual artist interested in people, the complexity of human existence is reflected on the multi-layered aspect of my work.”  In his series Like Me he appropriates internet selfies of icons of queer culture, such as drag performers and porn stars. He translates the digital image into a painted portrait transforming something fleeting and ephemeral into something tangible and lasting drawing new connections between viewer and sitter.

Like Me: Portraits by Cristiano F. Lopes

From left to right, top to bottom: @baconlvr, @mrskashadavis, @cakesdakilla, @pandoraboxx, @roccosteele, @dariennelake, @linndaquebrada, @wednesday_westwood, @francoisssagat

@roganrichards

@conchitawurst

@sinonloresca

@bigfreedia

@thom.austin

@colbyjansen

@harry_louis

@adamxchamp (Adam & Carlo)

@bobthedragqueen

@theonlyalaska5000

@timkrugerx

@cutlerx1316

@chichilarue

@chichidevayneofficial

@rtist_

@latriceroyale

@armond_rizzo1

@derekparkerofficial

@trixiemattel

@buckangel

@bigdipperjelly

@inesbrasiltv