Armando Alemdar-Ara is an artist and cofounder of Neomodernism, an artistic movement that places particular importance upon the aesthetic and spiritual attributes of painting. Neomodernism aims to create a new link between art of the 15th and 20th centuries and transcend the media ‘hype’ which now surrounds old master paintings.
From this artistic philosophy Armando has created a body of work that draws on the inner spirituality of his Sufi background. The world he presents in his paintings is unique, creating the image of an inner world in continuous movement. His paintings present harmonious, flowing forms, but also powerful tensions, conflicts and breakthroughs; complexity and simplicity, hope, contrasting improvisations, overlapping shadows and parallel dimensions. He aims to strike a balance between the subjective and objective, the Absolute and the more conceptual and personal interest of more recent years. In this way Armando’s optimism and holistic way of thinking are made transparent to the viewer through the mastery of his technique and his subtle uses of colour.
As well as this, Alemdar believes that art has an indirect, subtle, yet resonant effect on the viewer’s psyche; through his work he aims to encourage the use of philosophy in our everyday lives, as well as to restore sensitivity to aesthetic values.
Alemdar was born in 1972 and is an artist of Turkish descent, currently based in London. Armando’s pictures are in public and private collections around the world including The Macedonia Cultural Centre, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Turkey, and Switzerland.