Rui Luz, born in September 19/1986, is a photographer/digital artist, who takes an experimental approach into the artistic fields of photography and digital art. Influenced by subjects like abstract, minimal, graphic design, dreamlike states, noir art, expressionism, cinema, paintings, music, metaphors, philosophical thinking and themes like time and space, emotions, dreams, solitude, stoicism, society, lethargy, opression, freedom, hope, emptyness, reality, distortion and erotica. He is mainly influenced by artists like, Paulo Nozolino, Rui Palha, Brassai, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Lewis Baltz, David Burdeny, Gabriel Orozco, Anton Corbijn, Lasse Hoile, Travis Smith, Rob Sheridan, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Theo van Doesburg and Petter Saville. Music also plays a key role as influence in his work, specially in the way he develops the atmospheres, bands like Joy Division, And Also The Trees, The Chameleons, The Cure, Fields of the Nephilim, The Soft Moon, Nine Inch Nails, How To Destroy Angels, Dead When I Found Her, Depeche Mode, Ulver, Katatonia, Opeth, Agalloch, Daylight Dies, Anathema, Bohren & Der Club of Gore, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble, Nils Petter Molvaer, Subheim, Atrium Carceri and Rome are among his favourites and help his ideas to take shape. He uses mainly black and white in his work, and aims for atmosphere and concept sometimes in an abstract manner rather than beauty. His way of composing pictures is extremly simplistic, in a minimalist way, he believes the true essence of the picture must be stripped to the fundamental points, this way there are no unnecessary distractions, and the main subject is completely preserved, a sort of purification and discipline as he perceives it.
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Favourite genre of music: Post-Punk. Industrial. Ambient. NeoFolk. Metal
Favourite photographer: Paulo Nozolino. Brassaï. Hiroshi Sugimoto. Lewis Baltz
Favourite style of art: Atmospheric. Abstract. Minimal. Conceptual. Dreamlike. Dark
Personal Quote: Minimalism is not a style, it is an attitude, a way of being. It’s a fundamental reaction against noise, visual noise, disorder, vulgarity. Minimalism is the pursuit of the essence of things, not the appearance.