Asif Tanvir Hoque is a Brooklyn-based oil-painter, who creates a mythological plain for angelic brown bodied figures to co-exist and revel in harmony. His body of work is encoded with romantic symbols and celestial creatures, creating a heaven-like environment.
Drawing from art history, his personal life, and Bangladeshi ancestry, Hoque’s paintings are seemingly havens for his fleshy toned brown-bodied figures to live in passion. Loverboy channels a newfangled pan-like sphere where the wild, nature of mountain wilds, rustic music and impromptus, and angels of color unify. Hoque re-contextualizes Greek mythological scenes as his own contemporary Coptic folklore. The exaggerated muscular figures frolic while taking up space, instilling a utopic ambiance of safety and love. Hoque’s large-scale paintings fully encompass the viewer and immerse one in a dark nightscape filled with subtle ethereal color schemes and sexual overtones. Loverboy delves into an earth-toned mystical state where Hoque’s figures interlock and connect, imbuing a sense of playfulness and joy.
As a Bangladeshi immigrant, who was raised in South Florida, Hoque’s paintings attempt to figuratively and stylistically combine aspects of multi-cultural identity. His early work highlights his fascination with classical fine arts, but with the progression of his skill and his self-discovery, Hoque challenges his audience to explore aspects of self that are authentic. Hoque hopes to address the unique experience of living in the “in between.”
First solo exhibition by Asif Hoque
Exhibition Dates: August 10 – September 7, 2019
New Image Art
7920 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046