"When I face my work, I am faced with an expansive character of my essence that for a long time went unnoticed. Sun sign aries, rising sign gemini, fire and air. Combustion. Throughout my life I always wondered if I shouldn't follow a unique style in my art. I looked at the great artists that I was inspired by and was able to recognize the language patterns they used for years. Something in me wanted that, I wanted to find an artistic style that was my face. What everyone would look at and know immediately belongs to me.
The truth is that I never found what I was looking for, I never found a definitive style to call my own, But I found something even bigger: I found myself completely and deeply in all the forms of expression I came across. Today I see that my identity is to be changeable. It is accepting and embracing my curiosity for the diverse and my courage to change paths as many times as necessary.
When I look at my work, I no longer look for a fixed look for it, I make peace with the freedom and versatility that it represents. I make art precisely so that nothing remains as it is, and there is greatness in it. The changes in the world change me all the time and it is urgent to put this out, so my works will never have the same face or the same rhythm.
My work changes with the seasons because I change with the seasons. It is like a family tree of references, where each work refers to a period of time, a physical, mental, or emotional space that marked my life. All of these fragments of me are represented, in some way, as a leaf from the imaginary tree that feeds the pages of this book. All of these references and information about the inspirations and processes behind my work are contained here.
A trip for my inner child, where everything is possible, where there are no limits to freedom of expression. Like a mirror that reflects different things depending on where you are or in what position. This allows me to devour art viscerally and intuitively. My soul is curious and hungry. I believe that this gave me the power to transform and reframe the world. The mixture of styles, the many facets of one, the escape from patterns is my identity. If it were different, it wouldn't be me. If it wouldn't be me, it wouldn't be art.
All art is political, a commitment to the world and the moral of life."
The "A Pureza E Um Mito" series is Beto Gatti's inspirational dive into the experimental forest of the tropicalia movement. A phenomenon extremely important to the brazilian art scene.
Gatti always seeks new ways of representing the world and himself, running away from the conventional and, often, using the social and political character of art as a mirror in his works. As an immediate side effect, the objective is to bring forth questions surrounding the creation of the work. If successful, such questions will be decisive in changing the behavior of those who contemplate the art - art as a vehicle for ideas.