Selwyn Senatori (1973) is a Dutch neo-pop artist with Italian roots. He studied Illustration Design at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. The subject of his paintings is la dolce vita – the good things in life: good food, fine wines, travel, music, women, design... ‘It’s not a job, it’s a lifestyle’ and ‘Champagne in the morning’ are key themes in his work and the maxims by which he lives. He works mainly in acrylic paint on linen or canvas, but also experiments with chalk, pencil and spray paint. He is as happy working on tablecloths, champagne bottles and cars as on canvas.
His energy and vitality as an artist are also characteristic of his work (carpe diem). He is inundated with such a wealth of ideas that he often feels he cannot work fast enough to capture them on canvas with lightning brush strokes and jets of spray paint. His paintings are explosions of spontaneity in bright vibrant colours that confront the viewer with unprecedented optimism and enthusiasm. He works in the Netherlands but his art is exhibited all over the world.
Mr. ManhattanThe title of Selwyn Senatori’s Miffy statue is Mr. Manhattan and is inspired by the hectic pace of life in The Big Apple. ‘…The clock is ticking. There’s no time to waste. Cocktail hour is already underway! Flagging taxis from club to bar, downing one cocktail after another in downtown New York. Eating on the hoof. Not knowing where you’ll wake up. Mr. Manhattan, director of the night.’