Bruno Smoky | Água é vida (Water is life)
* 43.5" x 33"
* Spray paint and acrylic on canvas, varnished. Custom painted frame.
Series: Água é vida (Water is Life) & Protetora das Águas (Water Protector)
In a very important phase as an artist, Bruno Smoky felt the need to speak about the priceless element of the earth “water”, in Tupi Guarani “y” (pronounced “ayguy”).
This series pays homage and respect to the indigenous people from his Motherland. These two pieces are portraying strength and care for what is most important, not only for those who live there but also for all our lives as well as we are infinitely interconnected. In the world we live in now, so detached from nature and drinking water from plastic bottles, most of us don’t get to experience the beauty of having access to water from its purest form, where it is born from natural springs, which should be essential and accessible to every living creature.
This piece is part of our exhibition Sembrando, the first exhibition of Bruno Smoky and Shalak Attack (Clandestinos Arts) in Toronto. The Clandestinos duo came together for a culmination of their collaborative mastery and 10-year anniversary since their first show together as an art powerhouse collective. Including exclusive and never shown works, Sembrando is a rare opportunity for the artists’ uncensored expressive liberation outside public and commissioned artworks.
Sembrando in Spanish, translates to ‘sowing’, a free-hand scattering of seeds into the earth with the intent to germinate. Following this metaphor for growth, both artists blossomed forth from South American soil and continue to bring many of their foundational Latinx cultural attitudes into each art piece. A strong emphasis is placed on the consecration of nature and fostering a greater familial identity shared amongst all people, a universal culture mix or ‘mestizaje’. The artworks presented in Sembrando speak to the importance of evolution within the artistic process and within life’s journey. Over the course of the last 10 years, Bruno Smoky and Shalak Attack have continued to prosper as a collaborative force, in art, in love and more recently in parenthood to their young daughter Violeta.