Kieff is known for his monumental works as well as his mid-size pieces, most of which are editions of 9 (though some are editions of 3, 6, and 15). They are typically mounted to black marble bases, the artist’s signature. Kieff’s works are fabricated at his proprietary foundry in Quebec, Canada.
True to Kieff’s style, this elegant polished bronze examines the play between positive and negative space to effect a diamond-shaped composition that is simultaneously articulate and sparing. The Fado in its title references a genre of music that originated in Lisbon, Portugal in the 1820s. It is known for its mournful style, which emphasizes feelings of melancholy and loss. Kieff, a student of technical drawing, design, and architecture who has lived on four continents over the course of his lifetime, derives inspiration from music, literature, and theater, and his aim as a sculptor is to find himself through his study of space. Within the framework of Folkloric Fado, Kieff has sculpted intertwining fluid lines that give it a sense of life and organicism. Working in the tradition of Arp and Brancusi, he creates pieces that are manifestations of what he calls the “state of freedom” that he seeks through the act of sculpting.