In Trafalgar Square in London, a thousand faces from all around the world mix, mingle, admire the architecture, the fountains and Nelson’s Column and, if they get the chance, climb up on the bronze lions.
Nearby, in Gallery 32 on the first floor of the Brazilian Embassy, colourful, graphic, vibrant faces by Brazilian Sergio Francisco Rolim create imaginary worlds where landscape, buildings and faces interwine in ‘One Look in a Thousand Faces’, in part imaginary; in part real.
There is spontaneity in the paintings in this exhibition which covers around 15 years of his work with portraits in orchestras, bars, cities and other settings, linking back into Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese art, with links to the work of Picasso as portraits are created from geometric shapes, lines, colours and abstract patterns.
Originally from Caxambu, Sergio now lives and works in Curitiba and his work retains Latin American characteristics with an international twist as in “Colors of a Day in London” and “The Arts of Paris. Although the Gallery is slightly hidden away on the first floor of the Embassy, it is well worth finding for exhibitions such as this which bring Brazilian art to the London audience.