Our history taught us that art can bring us a bunch of lessons about discovering our identity: there are lot of representations of men and women in all art movements (Pop art, Pre-Raphaelites, Impressionists) but everyone attach labels to their creations. Diogo doesn’t want to define: the works of this artist are a combination of 3d renderings of human bodies without a genre: only hands on hands loving themselves as what they feel, not for who they are. These virtual art will enchant you as it did with us, letting you guess if it is so important to be woman or men when it comes to love. We talked with the Portuguese instagram artist about genre and society labels.
Who is Diogo?
Hello! My name is Diogo and I’m a 3D artist from Lisbon, Portugal.
Why did you choose 3D art for express your ideas? It is unusual, not for everyone.
I didn’t study Design or 3D at all, my background is on Cinema and I majored on Arts and Culture (a super theoric and dense field of studies) but I found in the 3D environment the closest way to express myself, I feel is where I can easily create a world of mine. But I think I had, in a way, some contact with 3D since I was a kid – at least, through video games. But from Cinema to 3D, it was more like a discover process: I watched a music video over and over, circa 2013, by the Australian artist Kirin J Callinan’s “Way to War”
and I start to realize that the idea of the .gif sort of functions as the newest (and simultaneously one of the oldest among the 19th century new media – just like the Zootrope or the Phenakistiscope) art form – somewhere between a video and a still picture. And from there, I started to discover the Net Art, the Glitch Art movements, which lead me to 3D.
What inspires you to create a work of art?
I have no idea. I usually don’t sketch my ideas – just recently I started to write in a little notebook some sentences that could help me creating something. I also have a huge passion for Art History, specially from the greek and roman classics to the late Renaissance. I really like the idea of appropriating those sensuous, sumptuous themes and figures either painted or sculpted and place them in a more minimalist contemporary universe.
How it’s possible to be without gender (like the people in your works) in a society that constantly remarks gender body differences?
It is possible! There’s been a huge improvement regarding the non-binaries people. There’s been a lot of celebrities coming out as non-binary and that is a very important step to society. Also, there’s what is called a third gender – in some cultures, the existence of third gender people always existed which proves that the idea of boy/girl, man/ woman is a Western social construction. So what we need to do, in my opinion, is to start to address the non-binary issue to governmental institutions – e.g., schools.
Many of your works are about interactions of neutral bodies. Is it love the easiest form to create an a-gender world?
There’s been so much hate in the world lately. We are witnessing a new rising of hate speech and also the normalization of the alt-right. It’s frightening. So yes, during this disturbing times, we need a lot of love to the other next to us!
Have you ever known if your works have helped someone to recognize themselves as gender-fluid?
Directly, no. But I think it’s pretty easy to relate with my work and I really think it’s important to explore the borders of masculine and feminine through art and 2the 3D environment can give me those tools to do it.