ABOUT ME

Hi! I am Damián Basante and was born in Buenos Aires in 1985.

I began my drawing studies at the age of 15 with Horacio Lalia (awarded argentinian comic artist) and graduated as Bachelor of Visual Arts in 2009, specializing in drawing and sculpture. During the studing process I began to show greater interest in painting and photography -both hobbies from adolescence- and after graduation I devoted myself fully to both disciplines, constantly complementing each other under mutual influence.

In the last years I added digital illustration as a new professional tool.

I worked as an art teacher for 10 years but dropped it out to pursue full time art dedication.

I currently divide my professional freelance activity, between oil painting, digital illustration and photography.

“Erich Fromm defines love as an art, he says that both are a practice that transforms us, that makes us more productive, more ourselves. In my life that’s art, a way of living loving what I do and doing what I love.”

STUDIES

  • Course “Concep Art initiation: designing the future” with Guillermo H. Pongiluppi – Domestika – 2020
  • Course “Matte Painting: creating photorealistic worlds” with Carles Marsal – Domestika – 2020
  • Course “Concept Art for videogames” with Nacho Yagüe – Domestika – 2020
  • Course “Adobe Photoshop for concept art” with Nacho Yagüe – Domestika – 2020
  • Course “Automated editorial design with Adobe InDesign” with Javier Alcaraz – Domestika – 2020
  • Course “Introduction to Adobe InDesign” with Javier Alcaraz – Domestika – 2020
  • Course “Professional illustration: turn your passion into a profession” with Laura Varsky – Domestika – 2020
  • Consultancy for artists with Marcelo Gutman – Buenos Aires – MNAD – February 2020
  • Intensive mural painting workshop with Georgina Ciotti – Buenos Aires – February 2017
  • Summer painting workshop with Jorge González Perrin – Asoc. Amigos del Bellas Artes – Buenos Aires – January 2017
  • Course of Illustrator – GDCapacitación – Buenos Aires – 2015
  • Course of photography and graphic design (Lightroom and Photoshop) with Alejandro Sposob – Cuatro Luces – Buenos Aires – 2008
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts – U.M.S.A. (Universidad del Museo Social Argentino) – Buenos Aires – 2004/2009
  • Course of comic books drawing with Horacio Lalia – Buenos Aires – 2000 to 2002

PERFORMANCE AREAS

  • DRAWING – PAINTING – ILLUSTRATION –PHOTOGRAPHY – SCULPTURE
  • Digital illustration: Concept art, matte painting, mood painting, character design. Software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Zbrush)
  • Photography and video. Landscapes, portraits, books, scenic and band shows photography. Software (Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects). Stock photographer.
  • Language: Native spanish. Advanced oral and writting english

WORKS AND PUBLICATIONS

2021

  • Book design and illustration – “Educación ambiental en debate – geografías y territorios” of Gustavo Sposob – Argentina
  • Book design and illustration – “El camino del collar” of Edith Montiel – Dunken Editorial – Argentina
  • Oil on canvas commission – “La sororidad ancestral” – 60×80 cm

2020

  • Oil on canvas commission – “Mechi a la mar” – 50×100 cm
  • Oil on canvas commission – “Alma” – 60×80 cm
  • Oil on canvas commission – “Jazz” – 60×80 cm

2019

  • Scenic theatre show photography – “Dónde estás que no me veo” – Direction: Verónica McLoughlin – El Estepario Theatre – Buenos Aires
  • Oil on canvas commission – “En lo alto de Saqsaywaman” – 100×150 cm
  • Oil on canvas commission – “Gaspar” – 20×30 cm
  • Oil on canvas commission – “Caselle in Pittari” – 60×80 cm
  • Music show band photography – “Proyecto Volta” alive – El Freire – Buenos Aires
  • Music show band photography – “Los Instantáneas” in recording studio – Buenos Aires

2018

  • Mural painting – “Ixchel” – “Revoleco – Hostal sustentable” – Tulum, Mexico
  • Oil on canvas commission – “Sabrina” – 50×60 cm
  • Scenic theatre show photography – “A Dancy” – Direction: Verónica McLoughlin – CIC Theatre – Buenos Aires

2017

  • Oil on wood commission – “Dulce luz” – 100×100 cm
  • Music show band photography – Moros Invasores en vivo – Casa Sofía – Buenos Aires

2016

  • Scenic theatre show photography – “Lágrimas de cocodrilo” of Carla Facciorusso – Direction: Carla Facciorusso –Gargantúa Theatre – Buenos Aires
  • “Oir colores, ver sonidos” – Alive painting with singer Mercedes Valenzuela – La puerta del Medio – Buenos Aires
  • Bar ambientation – “Gran Torino” – Design and realization with the artist Federico Mañanes – Barcelona – Spain

2015

  • Oil on canvas commission – “Frida vive” – 40×50 cm
  • Scenic theatre show photography and graphic design – “La Rotonda” of Francisco Espinal – Directionn: Francisco Espinal – El Piso, Teatro y Afines – Buenos Aires

2014

  • Oil on canvas commission – “Dos de noviembre” – 30×40 cm
  • Scenic theatre show photography – “Madre de lobo entrerriano” of Julio Molina – Direction: Victoria Béheran – Escuela Metropolitana de Arte Dramático – Buenos Aires

INDIVIDUAL ART EXHIBITIONS

2017

  • “Alguien en quien yo creo” – Painting series – “Celta Bar” and “Bar La Poesía” ( ‘Los Notables’ pubs) – Buenos Aires

2016

  • “Las extensiones del patriarcado” – Painting series around gender violence and female empowerment – Invited to make a performance: Paula Naanim Telis – “El Cultural. Art Space” – Buenos Aires

2015

  • “Un viaje en colores” – Painting series – “La Casa del Árbol” – Buenos Aires
  • “Desde las venas” – Photography series – “La Casa del Árbol” – Buenos Aires

COLLECTIVE ART EXHIBITIONS

2018

  • “Mañana es mejor” – Tribute to Luis Alberto Spinetta – Circe. Fábrica de Arte – Buenos Aires

2017

  • BADA – Direct From Artists Art Fair 2017 – Stand 78 – “La Rural” Buenos Aires Fairground

2016

  • Bondi Gallery – “Mercado de las Pulgas” – from official city event “La Noche de los Museos” – Buenos Aires

2015

  • Exhibition in the public space of the Honorable Congress of the Nation the painting “Violentadas” from “Las extensiones del Patriarcado” series on the massive protest #NiUnaMenos – June 3th – Buenos Aires
  • Collective exhibition – Circe – Buenos Aires
  • “Queríamos tanto a Frida” – Celta Bar – Buenos Aires

2013

  • “Autorretratos”  – “Wara Wara. Espacio Cultural” – Buenos Aires

2007

  • U.M.S.A. Faculty of Arts – Buenos Aires

2006

  • “Cincuenta años U.M.S.A.” – “Museo de la Emigración Gallega” – Buenos Aires
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