“My soul would sing of metamorphoses. But since, o gods, you were the source of these bodies becoming other bodies, breathe your breath into my book of changes: may the song I sing be seamless as its way weaves from the world's beginning to our day.” Ovid, Metamorphoses We are becoming demigods, or that might be what we want to believe. We are masters of knowledge and full of certainty. We control the world, everyone and everything around us and perish on our own ignorance. We are the people and we are the beasts! Not the beasts that Ovid mentions in Metamorphoses while describing the creation of the world, those are pure. We are tainted and vicious, we became the concept we loath, the beasts we despise. Under all that fur and instinct, we can also be beautiful. Men stopped being a bright pure animal to become a misconception of itself, we are disguised as beasts as well as gods. These pictures attempt to portray our best and worst, the mythical beings living in an earthly Olympus, an illusion of perfection. They represent their best animal attributes, their resilience, majesty, goodness and even purity. In these modern days where humanity is a myth, these images attempt to be it’s magical mirror.
Bruno was born in Lisbon in 1982 and grew up in Sesimbra, a small fishing village. Drawing was always a great part of his life. He started off with cartoons, won a few drawing competitions in Portugal while in secondary school but in a house full of his mother's paintings and artbooks he soon changed his way of looking at the world. During his college years, Bruno studied art, this defined the next logical steps to take and carried on in the Art School of Lisbon where he graduated in 2007. Between paintings and drawings, a prototype of a career as an artist started to take shape. He worked with galleries in Lisbon and Porto up until 2009. Bruno also represented the University of Lisbon in the Goldener Kentaur prize in Munich in 2008 and was mentioned in several books; as an illustrator and fine artist. The economic crisis in Portugual led him to a career in illustration for a few years and finally made him move to the UK, where he now teaches art in Oxfordshire.