Aster da Fonseca is a self-taught artist born in Volta Redonda, RJ, Brazil. He has lived in Washington, DC, since 1995. Aster began painting in 1998, originally influenced by Matisse and Picasso. Aster’s exploration of art and art history involved researching artists that would inspire him to create his own style. During this time Aster created a large amount of work, referencing many artists and styles from around the world, including Brazilian, German, French, Swiss, and Dutch artists from different eras. In the beginning of his career, Aster produced a large number of figurative works. Eventually he evolved from figurative to abstraction, where he found his creative expression. Abstraction is still Aster’s focus today.
In his latest work, the Silver Series, Aster is inspired by the works of Le Corbusier and Roberto Burle Marx. Aster has gone beyond this inspiration with this series, developing his own and perhaps his strongest work to date. Aster has created a body of work that expresses his interest in the beauty of the male and female body and demonstrates a dynamic convergence of sexuality and the sexes, both hetero- and homo-erotic.