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// Colors of Resilience
Welcome! For over ten years, I have focused on the examination of color.
I have undertaken the task of reconstructing images of pain and despair into new expressions of hope and, dare I say, beauty. For the Natural Disaster Color series, I've devised color schemes based on natural disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti, landslides in Brazil, or the tsunami in Japan. The process of making these works is a metaphor, or a meta-experience, of the basic human longing to overcome pain, to turn darkness into light, despair into hope, sickness into health, sadness into joy... to let go.
I use colors, lines, curves and folds to transpose themes of chaos to that of order. Each work is a new gaze, a thoughtful reflection, a subliminal reference that carefully captures the visual essence of photos and videos of natural disaster events. While researching natural disasters, I encountered many testimonies of courage and strength. The series honors our ability to turn things around, to transcend experiences that are seemingly hopeless.
This project was initially funded by an Indiana Arts Commission Grant. I thank the support of the Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, the College of Liberal Arts, and VPA IT at Purdue University. I also had the privilege to work with the Dean's Scholars—outstanding undergraduate students who have worked side-by-side with me during the entire research process and development of the artworks.
Thank you so much to this project's supporters, and private and public collectors. Your support motivates and allows me to continue to work and spread the Natural Disaster Color series' message of transformation.
Please browse this website to learn more about this project or take a look at a monograph published by the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette (online viewing at ISSUU). If you are in or near Albuquerque, New Mexico, consider seeing the works live at Central Features art gallery (learn more).
Let me know if you have any question about the works, exhibition opportunity and acquisitions. To receive updates, like us on Facebook. We are excited to have over 800 endorsements!
// New: Interactive BEFORE/AFTER
// Exhibition History
PETRONIO BENDITO: COLORS OF RESILIENCE (SELECTIONS)
September 24 – Oct 16, 2015
UNAM Chicago (Chicago, IL)
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PETRONIO BENDITO: NATURAL DISASTER COLOR (SELECTIONS)
September 27 – November 1, 2014
Central Features (Albuquerque, NM)
PETRONIO BENDITO: NATURAL DISASTER COLOR
May 9 – September 7, 2014
Art Museum of Greater Lafayette (Lafayette, IN)
QUARTET (USA EDITION)
Aug 19 – September 06, 2013
Rueff Galleries, Purdue University (Lafayette, IN)
QUARTET (N. CYPRUS EDITION)
May 2– May 22, 2013 (World Premier)
Art Center, Western Mediterranean University (Famagusta, N. Cyprus)
// Artist's Monograph
Petronio Bendito: Digital Color, Algorithm & Expression (2014)
This monograph accompanied the exhibition at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette,
which can also be viewed online.
// Exhibition Catalog
Quartet Exhibition Catalog (2013)