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Background Information about Hugo Pondz
A longing gaze into the distance is a motif reminiscent of the Romantics, like Caspar David Friedrich’s figure looking over a sea of fog. However, Pondz is not interested in depicting real landscapes, but rather allegorical fantasies in miraculous colors. The swimming pool could be any swimming pool, anywhere in the world, where the viewer can relax and simply marvel at the sky, perhaps get lost in their own thoughts.
The Belgian artist found inspiration from the masters of minimalist sceneries and surreal ambience, specifically De Chirico, Hopper, Dalí, and Hockney. Like them, his work expresses a sense of melancholy and tranquility, but Pondz striking contrasts of light and shadow awaken a feeling of ultimate freedom, which sets him apart.
Hugo Pondz was born in Namur, Belgium, where he still lives and works today.Though he often travels in his works to New York and other desirable places, always capturing them in the many shades of his radiant blue. His artworks are exhibited at the largest and most prominent art fairs in the world, like Art Basel Miami, and in numerous galleries throughout Europe and America.