Former Argentinean artist transforms wine boxes into masterpieces in SRB

Published: Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 08:00 AM.

"They are kind of too nice to throw away . . . but how useful are 70 or so wooden boxes?" asked Gontarek, who is the general manager and wine expert at Vue on 30A.  "Fran found them and started cutting them up for art so now the empty boxes have found good, beautiful uses."

Adaro begins by cutting the massive wine box to a shape that suits him; then he begins painting in a technique that he developed called "controlled accident," — a fast way of painting without thinking, that utilizes any accidents as texture or intentional design.

He paints on other mediums as well — walls, cars, newspaper, tin and even the human body.

Adaro said everything about life inspires him and his art.

“I’m inspired by music, silence, nature, dance, everyday life, diversity, human beings, cities, travel, and the ocean. I don’t think you can become an artist, it’s just who you are.”

Adaro began his career as a street artist in San Telmo, a tourist area of Buenos Aires. It was a fast-paced lifestyle spent dodging law enforcement officials, who were cracking down on street peddlers.

“I worked in the streets with my mobile art gallery, which was a tricycle with a box on the back where I would show and sell my art; I would also speed paint and do portraits. Everyday I was on a different corner, street, museum, train station terminal or hotel — it was an interesting experience and the police didn’t know how to find me.”

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