I am a painter and architect. My work is inspired by nature, urban environments, the human figure, and my own dreams and imagination. When I am working on architecture projects, my imagination is sometimes restricted by the laws of gravity, building codes, monetary limitations, building materials, and the clients. When I am painting I am able to bypass all these laws and limitations, and I am able to create work that exists on the border between reality and abstraction.
I try to find areas around Los Angeles that capture my creativity and imagination, and photograph them. When I am taking these photographs, I try to find moments that are unique and interesting about the place. In my opinion, the interesting moments sometimes exist in an ordinary place such as an abandoned cage in the old LA Zoo, or sometimes in a beautiful and serene landscape such as El Matador Beach in Malibu. I use the photographs as a departure point for my compositions; I then transform these spaces by creating my own architecture interventions using painting and drawings.
These paintings allowed me to look at the city from a different perspective, and the architectural interventions are my whimsical response to the real place. The finals product is a composite landscape that blends reality and abstraction. My objective is that the final image will stimulate the imagination of the observer and provoke them to create their own stories.
Denis Vitoreli was borne in Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil, where he lived until moving to the United States in 1999. Vitoreli currently paints in his studio in Burbank CA.
Vitoreli grew up in a creative household; his mom designed and sewed clothing for women, and she also enjoyed making arts and crafts projects – always encouraging her kids to explore and develop their own artistic interests. This creative environment was the beginning of Vitoreli’s passion for the arts and fostered his desire to pursue a career that would allow him to express himself artistically.
Vitoreli studied Architecture at The University of Florida and received his Masters Degree in Architecture in 2010. At the same time he continued to pursue his love for oil painting, and truly began developing his identity as an artist.
His Brazilian heritage, embedded in his subconscious, influenced him later in life to inscribe his artistic identity, and to establish in his paintings this cultural influence.
Vitoreli believes that a painting should be provocative and meaningful, and the aesthetic qualities are a bi-product of the thought process. During the past few years he has participated in various curated group exhibitions and solo exhibits in Florida and California.
Change of Climate – A Shed Collective Exhibition
August 26 – 2018
Michele Milner, Denis Vitoreli, Qin Zhang, and Alison Neville will exhibit at and around The Balinesian Hut outside of Space 2531 in Silver Lake (Los Angeles). From climate and man-made destruction to a poetic solution, this exhibition hints at what might have caused or added to global warming as well as what the future has in store for us all unless we consider Milner's solution. Stop by the exhibition to take it all in. Curated by Cathy Immordino.
LAAA’s 2018 Annual Benefit Auction
Los Angeles Art Association Gallery 825
July 28th, 2018
Curated by: Shana NYS Dambrot
November 05, 2017
LAAA's 2017 Annual Benefit Auction
Gallery 825 (Los Angeles Art Association)
July 29th, 2017
Galley 825 (Los Angeles Art Association)
June 30th, 2017 - July 21st, 2017
Gallery 825 (Los Angeles Art Association)
June 09th, 2017 - June 16th, 2017
Group Show juried by Willian Escalera and Francisco George
Beyond the Lines Art Show
September 2016 - Los Angeles CA
Jeorge Mendez Gallery:
March 2014 – February 2015 - Palm Springs CA
Favo Arts Village:
August 2012, September 2012, and October 2012. Solo Show. Orlando FL
Art by Architects:
October 2012, Orlando FL - Group exhibition
Nihon: Reflections of a Classic Culture:
April 03, 2012. Orlando Museum of Art Group exhibition
March 2012. Orlando Florida
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow:
January 26, 2012 – February 26, 2012. University of Central Florida Art Gallery, open call, juried art exhibition
DRAWING LAB at TEMPUS PROJECTS:
April 2010, Tampa Florida
Art Walk, Gainesville Florida
August 2008, Solo Show
Santa Fe Community College
Spring 2005, juried exhibition