Aster da Fonseca

Aster da Fonseca is a self-taught artist born in Volta Redonda, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1961. Aster moved to Washington, D.C. in 1995 and began painting in 1998. He has shown his work throughout the years in various galleries and other venues in and around D.C. Aster moved to Florida in 2016.

 

In 1998, Aster started visiting museums and galleries in D.C. and developed an enormous interest in art, allowing him to become acquainted with movements including Abstraction and Conceptual works. Fonseca’s influences vary, from the figurative works of Matisse and Picasso to more abstract creations.

 

In 2016, Aster opened “da Fonseca Contemporanea,” an art gallery showcasing local artists, in Wilton Manors, FL. Aster’s main focus during this time was on geometric art and minimalism.

 

During the pandemic, as staying home was a priority, Aster turned to gardening, spending his time watching the painted buntings, parrots, hummingbirds, and other unique and fascinating birds and other fauna that would visit his favorite garden trees, the Plumerias.

 

Aster’s latest work reflects his new passion for nature, which allowed him to create a series of paintings using, in the beginning, the discarded blue tape he had from his geometric work. He says of this new style: “While taking care of my garden, I watched many birds coming to feeders. I watched my two Hawaiian trees – plumerias – lose their leaves in the winter. I watched bougainvillea cover lots of branches. I was inspired. I had many pieces of painter’s tape left from the hardline geometrics that I had painted different colors. They were on a glass wall, and I got the idea to cut them into shapes.” 

Artist Aster da Fonseca

“Sunset, Tree Branches” 17” x 14” image unframed painted tape collage $1,200

Artist Aster da Fonseca

“Two Crows” 9” x 11” image unframed painted tape collage $625

Artist Aster da Fonseca

“Park Bench IV” 9” x 11” image unframed painted tape collage $625

Artist Aster da Fonseca

“Nest” 9” x 11” image unframed painted tape collage $625

Artist Aster da Fonseca

“On the Look Out” 9” x 12” image unframed painted tape collage $625

Artist Aster da Fonseca

“Feeding Time II” 11” x 14” image unframed painted tape collage $675

Artist Aster da Fonseca

“Cool, Windy Fall Day” 14” x 17” image unframed painted tape collage $1,200

Artist Aster da Fonseca

“Fall Breeze” 14” x 17” image unframed painted tape collage $1,200

Artist Aster da Fonseca

“A Fall Morning II” 9" x 9” image unframed painted tape collage $625

Artist Aster da Fonseca

“Bernie” 11” x 14” image unframed painted tape collage $675

Artist Aster da Fonseca

“A Fall Morning III” 9" x 9” image unframed painted tape collage $625

Artist Aster da Fonseca

“Bird Nest” 14” x 17” image unframed painted tape collage $1,200

Artist Aster da Fonseca

“A Fall Morning I” 9" x 9” image unframed painted tape collage $625

The artwork pictured here is a representation of this artist's work. We aim to display only pieces that are currently in the gallery, though some may have been sold. If you are interested in purchasing a particular piece by this artist, please call the gallery at (302) 645-0551.