Eduardo Villianes

"I like rendering amazonian animals, like serpents and jaguars, with incisions of knives and machetes on wet paint. I developed this technique watching some styles of the precolumbian art of my native Peru, specially the ceramics decorated with incisions from the old Chavin civilization.

My painting technique is inspired by the primitive incised designs found in stone, bone and clay. Incision; together with carving, scraping and fire; was the first tool making technology and it gave birth to the visual arts: low reliefs outlining animals appeared in cave walls much before the paintings.

Why when we see an incised relief do we also want to touch it? Maybe to reciprocally connect our senses of sight and touch, just as predators do when making their way in the dark."