COLLAGE & MIXED MEDIA ARTIST
As early as he can remember, music and art have been an important part of his life. At the age of 13, Andres was introduced to jazz music which he made an instant spiritual connection with. This was a defining moment in his life as an artist. While in high school he would make frequent visits to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, which opened up the world of visual art for him. He always had an affinity for drawing, but it was the museum visits that made him fall in love with art.
In the late 1980’s Andres began painting on canvas, while completing his studies in New York City. He explored jazz as an enthusiast and visited SoHo art galleries and other major museums during this time. Chaparro’s early paintings explored different mediums and subject matters; but he was always drawn back to jazz which led to many early pieces reflecting jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis.
Andres works out of his Windsor, CT studio, his collage work and his mix media paintings incorporate collage, oil sticks, marker, crayon, pencil, acrylic, spray paint and found objects. Chaparro continues to refine his own visual vocabulary through his focus on the intersection between art, & music. His artwork is fluid and free, and the paintings reflect more concern for spontaneous emotion rather than traditional conventions, strong color contrast, and distorted subject matter. His paintings can be found in a myriad of permanent public and private international art collections and his work has been exhibited in galleries and exhibition spaces in the United States as well as Canada.