Featuring a dozens large abstract paintings, ÆNIGMA reflects the disenchanted expectations of an artist in introspective contemplation, in a world that makes no sense and looses its own values. The superposition of colors and geometrical forms highlight the duality of light and dark, proximity and distance, materiality and spirituality.
The absolute immersion of Lucena in abstraction not only marked a new artistic trajectory for him, it also clearly led to a new form of consciousness.
"Civilization has become brutal with a lack of tranquility; and this civilized barbarism is crystal clear when we see the importance of art in modern life. The sterility that plagues us is revealed in a purely consumerist relationship with art." states the Brazilian artist.
Lucena's debut was characterized by a strong expressionist and figurative style, embedded in a ghost-like mysticism. In his recent series, Lucena characterizes his work as metaphysical landscapes and the epitome of mystical abstraction. The black color is omnipresent and contrasts with the flamboyant red and moon like shapes, it contains an overflowing light that emulates the existence of an alter-world.
Ænigma evokes subliminal experiences caused by nature that help erase the corrupted perception that comes from contemporary anxieties.