assume vivid astro focus is the chosen alias of a Brazilian-born artist, Nee Eli Sudbrack, who prefers to use the avaf moniker to encourage and encompass a broad and inclusive artistic practice.
Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1968, avaf has described the personal significance of growing up during the U.S. sponsored military dictatorship of Brazil that lasted from1964-1980. Exposure to the influx of American popular culture that resulted in US produced television, film and merchandising arriving into the already culturally diverse Brazilian culture, has been an influence in avaf's working practice, assimilating a wide range of aesthetic tendencies into a varied practice and output.
Avaf completed a Batchelor of Communication Studies, Cinema, Publicity and Advertising at Pontificia Universidade Catolica (Rio de Janeiro) in 1992, and subsequently moved to the US to study at the International Centre of Photography, New York. Avaf is predominantly New York based, his particular 'collage aesthetic' is represented through an abundance of media including stickers, masks, t-shirts, drawings, tattoos, clothing, photography, film programmes and projections. These works are most often instigated as collaborations with other like-minded artists and collectives such as Los Super Elegantes, Joseph Ari Loi (aka JK5) and Slava Mogutin.
A recent collaboration with Los Super Elegantes for the Frieze Art Fair, London, 'Make it With You: The Slow Dance Club' (2004), involved a specially constructed room (with a rotating door to enclose it) visitors were encouraged to dance to romantic music in its club-like environment, forged in a spirit of facilitation.
Avaf has recently created a range of handbags with one section each of an overall print, further extending the exclusive nature of the product. Avaf has recently exhibited in 'Globas Sonda', a group show in the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Spain.