Creative digital characters greeting Macau at gallery

Thursday, April 9, 2009
Issue 666, Page 5
Word count: 411
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

Americo das Neves’ 61 digital characters of humans, animals and monsters printed on canvas are on display at Creative Macau until the end of this month.

The exhibition’s title, “UNKNOWN – A miracle vision”, does not mean that something supernatural will happen, but is just a game of words.

“My name is ‘Americo’ so it’s a way to play around with it and use the word ‘miracle’ as part of the title,” the local graphic designer tells the Macau Daily Times.

Having spent about nine months last year in drawing all the digital creative characters on computer, Americo says he did not have a particular theme for the illustration, but kept drawing “what was on my mind” at that moment.

The collection is not meant to be created for any exhibition, until Creative Macau sent an invitation to Americo later last year.

This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in digital illustration at the Creative Macau gallery.

It shows a series of creative characters on canvas with a Japanese comic and animation influence.

“Being fascinated with manga characters, CG artworks and probably being inspired by the works of Takashi Murakami, Americo therefore is very fond of designing cartoon pictorial icons,” the local creative industries supporter says.

“His works are detailed and are able to show the master skills of Americo in the usage of colour, size, symmetry, observation and practice while creating them,” Creative Macau adds.

Being a graphic designer as his profession, the artist says his skill of digital illustration is “self-taught” as he wants to try “something new and livelier”.

Among the 61 big and small characters, Americo tells the MDTimes “Weapon Master” is his personal favourite.

It is because that particular illustration was among the first batch of the collection and convinced him that an exhibition showing all the digital characters publicly could be held.

Americo says “Weapon Master” is named as it loves playing weapon since childhood.

Every other character there is also given its own little story behind, the artist adds.

Asked whether Creative Macau plays a important role in raising the profile of creative industries” Americo agrees that it is a “very good platform for local artists”.

“I didn’t realise the gallery was that big until yesterday [Tuesday] when I started to do the exhibition setting. Fortunately I have enough works to fill the space or otherwise it would look too dull,” he says.

The exhibition is open from 2pm to 7pm everyday except Sundays.

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