Jim Oliveira


The Color Pile technique was first developed by abstract artist Jim Oliveira in 2006. Originally employed in the treatment of his sculptural furniture, Jim later adopted it for use on canvases and panels. In essence this technique has allowed Jim to “collage” paint onto surfaces, building texture and depth along the way.

The material itself was developed by the artist several decades ago – a combination of acrylic gloss medium hand-mixed with ink and raw pigment – and has become a signature of his work. The material is color and light fast, and as is necessary for the sculptural furniture, incredibly durable.

The Color Pile technique involves the labor intensive pouring of thousands of circular shapes onto work tables stretched with plastic. After the material has dried, the “pours” are peeled and “collaged” into piles with the aid of a heat gun. Finally these “piles” are collaged onto the chosen surface and then varnished. The final effect is a highly textured and sculptural surface.

Jim’s work has been featured in The New York Times, New York Magazine, City Magazine, House Beautiful, Interior Design Magazine, New York Spaces, Free and Easy, Details, Elle Decor, Elle Décor Italy, Interni Design Guide New York, and Casa Brutus Magazine among others. His work has also been included in books by Jonathan Adler, Tricia Guild and Craig Kellogg.

Jim divides his time between his home in Manhattan and his studio in Milan, New York.