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Nature, music, cultural heroes, and current events inspire my work. I like twisting together landscapes, lyrics, letterforms, Filete Porteño, and graphic elements of psychedelic art of the 60’s. Filete Porteño, a decorative painting style of Argentina, is one of my favorite visual tools. It works abstractly around the subject through use of color, shape, relationships, movement, and emotion. It also traditionally combines words, pictorials, icons and variations of colorful acanthus leaf scrolls. I find it very expressive and beautiful, with an old world feeling that I like wrapping around my ideas of now.
My recent work has become part of an ongoing project of having Gentle Revolution art exhibits in different communities, sharing healthy and sustainable ideas of change. These paintings, which often become painted wall sculptures, are hand-made from materials including wood, metal, found objects, paints, and gilding. With this work I hope to inspire people to create positive change that improves their lives and protects the earth. This exhibition, to be shown at Monarch Studio in April, 2009, will include art that is supportive of the ideas presented in my Gentle Revolution Manifesto.
Born in Oregon, Remedios Rapoport began her life as an artist with childhood summer visits to the art museums of Southern California. In high school she was selected to study printmaking in a National Endowment for the Arts and Oregon Arts Commission program. While continuing her arts education in college she began having solo exhibits of her work. In 1986 Rapoport enrolled to study painting and design at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. With travel in 1988 to Buenos Aires, Argentina she began a study of Filete Porteño from the masters there. Receiving her BFA degree in 1989 from PNCA, she continued her studies of filete and painting in Portland, Oregon and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Exhibiting in 1990 at the Museo de la Ciudad, Buenos Aires opened the doors for future exhibits and recognition for her work in Argentina and the USA. In 1995 she received a Technical Assistance Grant award from the Regional Arts and Culture Council of Portland, Oregon for her filete studies.