Aphrodite

by Astor Milan Salcedo

P.O.A.

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 47.2 x 47.2 in./ 120.0 x 120.0 cm
SIGNATURE: inscribed ‘X’ lower right and signed verso
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 4801 Categories: ,

Aphrodite is from Salcedo’s series entitled ‘Gods and Goddesses.’ The group of paintings are abstract expressions of feeling, influenced by the writings of Homer.

Aphrodite, the goddess of love, is adored across cultures and history – even outside of Greek mythology. Her story, however, is often at odds with her outer beauty: she was married to Hephaestus, the ugliest of the Gods, and committed adultery with Aries, causing the Trojan War. Despite this, in the end all that people remember is her beauty.

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Biography

Astor Milan Salcedo was born to Columbian parents in Madrid, Spain, in 1969. His Father was Miguel de la Quadra-Salcedo, an Olympic athlete, journalist, war reporter and television presenter. Latterly, he directed the ‘Ruta Quetzal,’ leading parties of youngsters on cultural exploration trips in the footsteps of Columbus in Hispanic America. Miguel Salcedo dabbled in photography, and taught the young Astor, who had a natural flare for it.

 

Astor Salcedo began his career in the nineties as a fashion and portrait photographer, and travelled the world as a documentary filmmaker. In 2004 he worked as a Creative Director in the world of fashion on commercials for Hugo Boss, Gucci and Swarovski. In 2009 he won the highest award in German television, Deutscher Fernsehpreis, for his documentary ‘Die Bombe’.

Driven by his passion for art, painting became his focus in 2012.  As Astor describes on his website, the meaning behind his work is driven by humanity’s relationship to nature, and the experience of human emotions. He experiments with different disciplines, looking for new ways to depict internal feelings.  Astor’s variety and depth of experience living in various cultures and working in different creative occupations has taught him many techniques.  By combining his eye for photography and other techniques, Astor creates inventive and striking works of contemporary art, that lie somewhere between collage and painting.

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