BioRobert Lardus is vegetarian, buddhist, and abstractionist. All three factors combined are rare where he comes from: the deep Midwest of the United States of America. He studied painting and then went on a long journey through Asia. This is where he started his transformation. What we see now is a full-grown artist submerged in transformative nature, influenced by biological processes, anamorphic shapes.
Lardus is fascinated by process painting. He invented dozens of original painting techniques. His “Humanography” combines the idea of writing abstract characters with icons depicting the human being as individual or submerged in a community.
Art StatementIn some paintings, one can find search for the expressive capacities of black. Robert Lardus is fascinated by how black captures other colors and places them in relief, as well as by a certain mysticism coming from his way of thinking. A silent secret, how he interprets forms and finds a place for them in his art. Much remains on the side of the viewer: interpretations of mystical shapes and colors leave the onlooker in a state of uncertainty.
Robert Lardus lives in a world of forms and colors. He cultivates his individual perception of the world, looking for simple, but sumptuous beauty.
His technique is based on layers and texture paint. Robert’s artworks can be associated with richly woven renaissance tapestry in which the colors are distilled from the experiences of multiple senses.
Robert Lardus Credo
In my work, I try to capture what arises in my mind: thoughts, memories, dreams, fears. There are not always beautiful, I often want to depict ugliness. They are not always valuable, because often they arise from low motivations. For me, painting is a dialogue between the artist and his work. I can start the picture with an idea, still the finale can be an absolute surprise to me. It is best to listen to your inner you instead of imposing on the image in advance what it should look like.