On September 29th Spark and Echo Arts was delighted to present Duda Penteado’s talk entitled, “The Message Behind the Art”.

We have featured some of Duda Penteado’s brilliant work through our online gallery this past Spring, but it was quite a thrill to see his stunning work in person, and to hear him speak about his faith and what has driven him to create.

by Duda Penteado

Spark & Echo opened the evening with music based on some of the themes in Mr. Penteado’s works. In his lecture which followed, Mr. Penteado presented some of the most important ideas of Professor Hans Rookmaaker’s aptly titled book, ART Needs No Justification, and explained some of his own thoughts about Christian iconography in his work. The evening ended with a lot of discussion over some delicious snacks.

Click to view Mr. Penteado’s works



Many thanks go to Meghan Ritchey and IAM for allowing us to use their beautiful gallery space for this event. Please read more about IAM at http://www.internationalartsmovement.org/

“The real challenge is to know when an artist stops quoting someone else and begins to quote himself. Great art comes from within, it is the true language of the soul. To create art, is an act of faith in itself.”
-Duda Penteado


Born in São Paulo in 1968. Graduated in Communication by FIAM – SP, in the 1990s held some exhibitions in Brazil, then moved to New York. He continued his studies in the US, working initially in Muriel Studio in Soho, NY as an assistant to Sheila Marbain, a pioneer of the process of “silk monotype”in the U.S., who worked with the biggest names in the Pop Art movement. Since 1998 , Duda Penteado, lives and works between Brazil and the United States.

Penteado, completed several projects, lectures, exhibitions and murals in universities and institutions, such as: Jersey City Museum, em Jersey City, NJ; Biennale Internazionale Dell’Arte Contemporanea, em Firenze, 2009; Monique Goldstrom Gallery, NYC; MoAaA-The Museum of Art and Origins, NYC; BACI-The Brazilian American Cultural Institute, Washington DC; Museo de Las Americas, Denver, CO; CITYarts 272nd Mural, “Nature is Love on Earth”, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, The St. John’s Recreation Center, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NYC, 2008, 2009; Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY, New Jersey City University, Jersey City, NJ, Kean University, Union, NJ; Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ; Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ; Drew University Madison, NJ; Middlebury College, Vermont; UFES- Universidade Estadual do Espírito Santo, Vitoria, ES; UNESP-Universidade Estadual Paulista, SP, and SESC – SP.

He was President of the Artist Certification Board, Jersey City, NJ, until 2010. Received awards and recognition from various institutions in the United States, including : Urban Artist Fellowship Award no Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT; Goldman Sachs Student Art Project Grant, Jersey City, NJ (2006, 2007, 2008); Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, Claremont, CA; Special Guest for Artistic Achievement & Commitment to YMCA Greater, NY-Youth, NYC; American Graphic Design Award, Interactive Multimedia Installation, NYC; Humanitarian Award from the Hudson County Chapter of the American Conference on Diversity, Jersey City, NJ; Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity – Eta Rho, New Jersey City University Chapter, NJ.

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