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Thomas Salamonski exhibition at Coya Abu Dhabi

Celebrated contemporary Austrian painter Thomas Salamonski exhibits at Coya Abu Dhabi.

Mar 1, 2020

Thomas Salamonski exhibition at Coya Abu Dhabi

Celebrated contemporary Austrian painter Thomas Salamonski exhibits at Coya Abu Dhabi.

His new exhibition, Colours of Life, invites guests to the Peruvian eatery at The Galleria Al Maryah to look behind the facade.

With Squared Faces, the artist had explored the depth and nuances of the human being through his graffiti and '80s pop culture-inspired portrait art. As immersive as it is stunning, the pieces are a testament to the layers and subtleties of our existence. Colours of Life is an adaptation of Squared Faces, which was first presented in Vienna as part of a vernissage and subsequent event for a broad art-interested audience. Since then, more new paintings have been born and artworks of animals now complement the colourful portraits – hence the change of name.

Colours of Life features portraits with a colour style that reminds the viewer of the graffiti and pop culture of the '80s, but at the same time makes the viewer think of sacral stained glass with the use of a gold leaf layer. These contrasts run through each painting, and the corners and edges continue in round lines, and through the use of light and shadow they reveal a face in all its dimensions.

Using these technique gives the audience the choice on how deeply they want to immerse themselves in the consideration of these layers and forms. It’s seen as a reflection on everyday life in terms of how far we want to look behind the facade of a human being.

Of the 13 pieces in the exhibition, one will make its global debut at Coya Abu Dhabi. The artwork will be exhibited throughout the venue so guests can experience the art whether dining on the delicious Peruvian cuisine or enjoying the speciality drinks at the bar.


Coya Abu Dhabi is located at The Galleria, by the Four Seasons Hotel.

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