Beatriz Milhazes (BEE-a-trees mih-LAH-zehz) lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her paintings buzz with energy inspired by Brazilian Carnival culture and music. “They mix completely different things,” she says of the festivals. Milhazes creates her own mixtures by layering bright, dark, and pastel colors in her paintings. “When you have more than one color, you start a conflict,” she explains.
Milhazes collages with dried paint to create her works. First, she paints a pattern on a plastic sheet. After the paint dries, she glues the design paint-side down to her canvas. Milhazes peels off the plastic sheet once the glue is dry. In her 2011 painting Bye, bye, love, she includes vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines with concentric circles and floral shapes. Milhazes keeps the viewer’s eye moving with patterns that dance across the canvas. “These are not peaceful surfaces,” she says. “There should be some struggle on the surface that creates some activities for your eyes.”