Angola native Ingrid Luongo creates paintings of guitars. Pictured here is “Ambiance.” Luongo started painting guitars after painting her room as a teenager.
Although almost every member of her family sings or plays a musical instrument, Angola-based artist Ingrid Luongo decided to take a different path in expressing herself. Instead of picking up a guitar, she decided to paint one on canvas.
“I never had the urge to pick it up,” she said, regarding her family’s musical talents. “I had the urge to pick up a paint brush, so I started painting (the guitars) as a way to show that I want to love them. This is how I show that I love them.”
Luongo, 29, who started painting as a teenager, creates the guitar paintings which are then displayed at various shows and galleries, from Buffalo to Brooklyn. She also does the paintings on commission or as gifts.
Painting the “abstract” guitars can take anywhere from a day or two to seven months, depending on the size.
“Usually, I sit and visualize it, and I get almost like a ‘must create’ feeling,” she said.
Luongo names the artwork based on the music and lyrics of local musicians.
“I paint them first and I name them after,” she said. “Usually, they’ll remind me of a musician or a song.”
Painting is not the only creative work Luongo does. She also does crafts for various stores and galleries in the area, including the Kazoo Factory in Eden.
“My craft art is completely different than my fine art,” she said. “I do cutesy robots and owls.”
Luongo’s day job revolves around art as well, as she works at the Burchfield Penney Art Center. She also works as an archivist at the Buffalo Religious Art Center.
No matter what type of art she is doing, Luongo maintains a theme throughout it all.
“I like to create more beauty in the world than sadness,” she said.
Luongo is currently showing her work at an art gallery in Brooklyn called L’Ange Noir Cafe. Pictures of her artwork can be found at www.Facebook.com/ArtbyIngrid