Bigbongo
Artist/
Painter

Bigbongo

Painter

Bio

The first time I painted was with my grandmother Lina. She invited me to her shop to help
her with some frames, oils, and brushes when I was very young. It was at her place where I
started my own paint. It was a Chinese lady sitting reading a letter. I remember covering that
letter with so many layers because I couldn't find the correct shadow. It was my grandmother
also who insisted I be an architect, but I would discover that much later in my life with the
guidance of my wife and my inlaw that pushed me into the profession. But finally, I became
an architect, and that was when my life changed forever. I was fascinated with architecture
and the power of it. The profession also gave me the architectural point of view to
understand other artistic expressions. Suddenly I had offers to teach history at the University
of Buenos Aires, and later I also taught an Architectural Design course too. These were
Incredible years dedicated to teaching, giving me great memories and learning every single
day. At that time I also studied philosophy and art history with Marta Zatonyi at Ethos
Institute. I would eventually come to meet my teacher and good friend, Paulina Miguel, an
artist based in Buenos Aires and during a year I improved my expression with oil, gessos,
and different materials and media. This experience uncovered my passion for expression in
the form of art. In 2002, I was without work and a low perspective to survive the collapse of
my country, I moved to New Jersey, where I spent most of the time developing my career in
architectural offices, focusing on low-income housing and later on, high-end residential
buildings in NYC. Currently, I am a project manager with several buildings built and more
under development. In New York, I was able to experience the architectural ingenuity that I
was only able to read about in Argentina from books and magazines.
I had been writing about architecture in NYC and other topics as well in a blog that I called
“critical study of reality, the city, and its evolution” http://ny-architectura.blogspot.com/. Some
of them have been published in “Guía de la Construcción” in both printed editions as well as
the website. In recent years I have attended the Nyack Center Figure Drawing where every
week there is a different live model and I was able to have close contact with the human
figure http://nyacckcenterfiguredrawing.blogspot.com/ This experience helped me connect
memories with questions about myself that I didn't know I had
So my last development has been related to the Nudes studies(Nudes collections on this
web), which is essentially the result and process I did in Nyack and by myself. Later on, I
had my second read of the Odyssey. I was captured by those images and they are reflected
in that collection of drawings in pastel and charcoal. Lately, I reconnect with those textures
and transparencies that I developed in Buenos Aires and I start connecting with my
fascination for the geography and physiognomy of the earth.

Artworks