Eric Pina, Volta Basel, June 13-18th, 2016
Originally from Dakar, Senegal but many years resident in France and latterly Germany, conjures up people and their momentary interactions devoid of architecture and specific locations but locked in relationship with vast, mysterious and dramatic landscapes. Figures on solitary journeys or frozen in brief enigmatic encounters and reunions. Through the medium of drawing (using pastel and inks in a highly unusual way) the artist seeks to capture these snapshots of everyday life and transform them in to something otherworldly.
Pina is fascinated by the instant glimpse – the moment of the encounter, evoking a parallel, metaphorical universe. His figures are essentially anonymous yet powerfully significant, his work simultaneously fantastical and realistic. His own life story obliquely embedded in the work. Eric Pina’s process is truly meditative: "Places evaporate and leave abstract moments. I belong to the moment, the people and the objects that surround me".
Eric Pina attended L’Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Dakar before completing his training in France where he received a Degree from EcoleSupérieure d'Art de Mulhouse et de Haute-Alsace Recent solo and group shows include: Eric Pina: Etsen, Tekekingen, Sculpturen, CC Maasmechelen, Belgium, 2016, Ed Cross Fine Art, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, 2015, Dak’Art Biennale, Senegal 2014. His work has been exhibited in Senegal, The United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada and France.