Duende As Art is an artist collective.
We are three painters with our own unique backgrounds, but four years ago we started painting together. Most painters are solo operators, so people often ask how we are able to work together on a single canvas.
Embracing the creative process together, means taking extra time to allow for personal language to merge into a collective expression, much like choreographing a dance. We sign our collective paintings, Duende As Art. Duende is from the Flamenco Dance. It's when the Spirit and the Dancer become one. We are painting the dance.
We all moved to Iowa from different places. We have been painting abstract Heartland landscapes to celebrate our new home. Midwest imagery, including Midwest storms, fireflies, fields, and buffalo have weaved their way into our paintings - becoming our collective story.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Katherine Rody approaches each new canvas as an explorer, discovering the limitless expressive possibilities of abstraction. Katherine listens to the paintings, creating bridges, as the paintings evolve. Her training in Flamenco dance inspired the name Duende. When Katherine isn't painting, she's traveling the globe and sharing stories, which then again weave their way into our ever emerging paintings.
Adriaan Meijer steps into the paintings process and sees what will take the artwork to the next level. Watching Adriaan paint is like watching Bob Ross. He makes complicated nuances look like a happy afterthought. His eye for composition and balance brings visual depth to the paintings. His "out of the box" color combinations keep Katherine and Angela on their toes. Adriaan travels the world as a field engineer, and likes to play piano and harmonica.
Angela Meijer is trained as a fine art photographer, and developed her visual language paintings with light. For over 20 years, she has explored making the unseen world visible. Her paintings resemble mappings of uncharted geography, inhabited by flying creatures. She's a firm believer that anyone can learn art techniques, but great art comes from having a story to tell.