Best in Show winner returns to ArtsQuest

Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 02:05 PM.

Very imaginatively, the artist does not seem to have a clear preference in mediums, using acrylic, oleo, watercolors, tempera, pencils, collage, reverse paintings, spray paint, and anything else that catches his attention when the urge to create strikes him.

His paintings can be abstract or figurative, but they always seem to be a kind of personal diary, he says.

"I feel that I have been painting only one picture all my life — layer after layer — and that skin became more interesting," he says. 

While the artist said he has done many things in his life to pay his bills, the jobs that have appeared have mostly revolved around creating portraits and residential murals and paintings.

Adaro has lived between his native Buenos Aires and Santa Rosa Beach for three years before making his move to Seagrove permanent in February. He met his future wife 12 years ago when he was a street artist in Buenos Aires. When they met, she bought two of his 8 foot by 5-foot paintings. Nine years later, she was back in Buenos Aires and the two met again. "But this time, she took home the artist," he said with a smile.

The couple has been married for three years now and live in Seagrove with their puppy. His wife is Brooke Gontarek, general manager of The Vue on 30A.

Adaro has shown at ArtQuest since 2011. He took home the Best in Show award last year. This year he will return and show 10 pieces of his artwork in Booth No. 119.

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