THE OCEAN ART


HISTORY



Luiz Fernando Clark was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and his relationship with the ocean started early in his life. He was just three years old when he started taking part on fishing trips on Rio's coast with both is grandfather and father. In 1972, he took on surfing for the first time, a sport that has strengthened even more his passion for the sea.


His artistic verve started to show at the tender age of seven and his talent, combined with his entrepreneurial skills, led to his first business venture when he was 14 years old: selling t-shirts painted with airbrush and other techniques.  


In 1981 Clark joined the Brazilian Fine Arts University in Rio, to refine his techniques, which were at that point mostly self-taught.


His early venture experience came in handy when in 1984, he joined the surf brand ENERGIA, one of the pioneering surfing brands in Brazil. His innovative ocean painting style applied with airbrush on surf boards helped turn the brand into one of the most prominent in Brazil, exporting goods to California, Hawaii, Japan and Australia.


In 1986 he was invited to adapt his creative designs and develop techniques to paint a new model of 28 feet Cigarette offshore style boat. It was the start of a long relationship with the yacht industry which took him across the world to work in places such as Viareggio, Italy and Cape Canaveral, Florida.


He lived in Viareggio, Italy for a couple of years, working in the construction of "Pillar Rossi", a mega yacht owned by Nelson Piquet - F1 champion in the 80s, and also for other boatyards like CUV - Cantiere Uniti Viareggio and Perini Navi.


During the 1990s he carried on creating designs for several yacht companies, both in Brazil and in the US, and in 1992 he took part in the Miami Boat Show for the first time, where he met Guy Harvey and Al Barnes - two of the world's most renowned ocean fishing artists. In 1993 he started his own company, LF Clark Special Paintings.


In 1998 he took a course of contemporary art with artist Daniel Senise at Parque Lage’s Art School (EAV) and started transferring to canvas his ocean views from diving and fishing trips recollections as well as his experiences from his years of working on the yacht industry.


His debut in the art world was in 1999 with his first individual show in Rio de Janeiro and in the following years he went on to take part in several collective and individual shows both in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo with his ocean art in original paintings and prints.


After 16 years of taking part on Boat Shows with his boat designs, he had his first chance to showcase his art at the Rio de Janeiro’s fair of 2002.


In 2005 and 2006 two of his paintings was selected by the Marlin Magazine Board of Judges to feature in the magazine’s Art Gallery Issues, which encouraged him to take part in the Fort Lauderdale and Miami Boat Shows, amongst others, like the Dive Show in Palm Beach, Florida and your sea art was very well received by the American public.


Since 2008 he has been working only by commission from clients in Brazil and in the US. His art work has been on show in galleries in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Miami.




INTERESTING INFO


With the advances in technology we now can instantly send images to one another even when we are far away.  We can show the images that surround us, reveal our emotions and share our most treasured moments. What could be nicer than making someone smile by showing them something beautiful?

With the help of paint and brush I can literally freeze a moment captured in my mind and magically transport it to the canvas, which has a truly magical effect on everyone. By looking at it we smile and feel the magic.