The work of Brazilian artist Cezar Brandao is a form of engineering. Pixels massaged through code. An organic thing culled from software.
Brandao’s digital portraits have the stress and beauty of tweaked electronics. He creates gorgeous women that have the sheen of a life — the red-cheeked sweat of sexual exhaustion, yet disappear once the hard drive stops spinning.
His work is a brave juxtaposition showing both the perfection achieved and flaws inherent to digital art. Brandao leaves flat patches of color over his renderings, unfinished markings that put on display his layered process involved in creating a living thing — again there’s that word. Thing. His creations are realistic yet doll-like. Fleshed plastic. They are not real, no matter how hard you wish.
Brandao is the scientist who’s manufactured a beautiful Frankenstein for you to fall in love with, and then shown you the guts of wires and twittering mechanics.