Troppo Vero, 2022
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Troppo Vero, 2022
“Troppo Vero” by Nacho Frades is a VR handmade painting inspired by the Portrait of Pope Innocent X by the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, executed during his trip to Italy around the 1650s. It was said that when the pope saw the finished portrait, he exclaimed: “ È troppo vero! È troppo vero!, meaning “It’s true, it’s real”.
The VR painting is a work that speaks about both modern times and the “old” movements. It reveals how Baroque is not just a past movement but an artistic revolution as digital is for us today seen in the widespread acknowledgement of cryptoart and non fungible tokens in the fine art sector.
The work depicts a baroque pope, a true one, with a pair of interlocking eyes, rotating in a suspended digital realm of a modern orange glass cube, drawing us with his every gesture into this 3D dreamy environment. The pope appears to be dancing as he does a small movement with every turn due to the index of refraction of the cube. The cube represents a crypto tungsten cube which has become a meme in the cryptocurrency circles and beloved in the crypto community. Diminished in its weight, the cube appears seemingly simple and stripped of any implicative background, signaling a new era in the crypto world where one must populate.
Liceoty, Nacho’s son, has composed the soundtrack for the work with this Baroque spirit in mind.
Spanish artist based in Madrid with decades of experience as a painter, animator, digital artist, author and full-time artist.
Frades works in traditional media and computers, creating acrylic paintings and computer generated images, such as digital painting, 3D art, VR painting, Pixel Art and others.
Frades completed his studies of Interior designer (IADE), Atrium Academy (Mainly Charcoal), Madrid Fine Arts Circle (Círculo de Bellas Artes), Arts & Crafts Degree, Fine Arts Master (Cádiz University, UCA), Teacher of Computer Graphics theory, and Mastery with José Caballero, as well as Antonio López.
Frades first digital formations began in 1987 with Deluxe Paint II, a program that ran on AMSTRAD PC1512. He credits the 16-colour AMSTRAD as “A great computer for that time”. He has been a full-time digital painter since 2005, creating works that inspires a futuristic subconscious.
Frades has been named by ArtCollecting as one of the Top 30 artists to follow in instagram and has an ongoing collaboration with SuperRare.
Frades holds a Goya Prize from the Academy of Film and Television of Spain. His work is in the permanent collection of MoCDA (Museum of Contemporary Digital Art). He has exhibited at numerous fairs, including CADAF Online 2020 and Affordable Art, London. His works can be found in private collections across the world, such as the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Caribbean, among others. His work has been featured in Vogue Britain.