She hold me down like gravity
This painting—depicting dancing, swaying and embracing figures in a fantastic space—merges the artist's multi-cultural identity with his fascination for the classical arts. The artist's work employs fragments of his Bangladeshi heritage to depict his life in the US and Italy. Hoque's use of the color brown evokes not only the South Asian community and their diaspora, but the tradition of clay pottery. The artist's compositions draw from multiple traditions of ancient art to express the vulnerability and in-between-ness of multi-cultural identity.
This composition expresses emotional intelligence and masculinity through its elongated curves and soft gaze; as if guided by the figure's movement, the lush and curving cloudscape delicately caresses the figure—revealing an unexpected tenderness. Vibrant yet gentle, the artist’s paintings challenge our preconceptions of identity, gender and the body.
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Asif Hoque paintings are creolized sagas, combining fragments of his Bangladeshi heritage with his life in Italy and the US. The artist’s composition and use of paint are deeply informed by his fascination with the classical arts. Hoque’s autobiographical and mythological works create in-between spaces that merge the contemporary with the ancient—as they address the vulnerability of multi-cultural identity.