"The memory of freedom lies in those open fields in the forests of my youth."
"I work a lot with colors and textures. In gestural painting these elements are driven by emotions. The movement suggests new situations that end up taking me along different paths. I am at the mercy of emotion, going wherever I am taken by it.
"I paint that which is part of my life. I am inspired by antique walls and their colors worked over by time. In my childhood I lived in a huge house, an old colonial hacienda that was built for my great-grandfather. I often ask myself why I am so drawn by these walls and I think that during my life I've felt very limited, almost walled in by the bureaucratic demands of everyday life. The memory of freedom lies in those open fields in the forests of my youth.
"To paint is to exercise mental freedom, to create new territories. On the canvas I give movement to that which allows me to travel in my mind. I appropriate photos from journals and magazines, reworking, constructing, and deconstructing the images in the end to give them new meaning, a new dimension."
Crescents play about a woman's face, caressing her cheeks and forming her features. She closes her eyes, while ruby lips bring vibrant color to an abstract portrait. "I always depict women with their eyes closed," Jacira Baptista says of this elegant....read more
Busy movement flows across a space of vibrant rose, filling it with excitement and joy. "The customs of my people are present here," says artist Victor Farfán. "In this case, it is dance with a more modern connotation."
Geometric shapes depict warriors in a composition with a cubist feel. "This work represents three ancestral warriors from the pre-Hispanic period. They are in a defensive position," Peruvian artist Victor Farfán explains.
Abstracted forms by Chero suggest horns, metal blades and ceramic jars. Enveloped in blue shadow, they postulate an enigma. Partial light highlights portions of the composition, intensifying its sense of mystery.
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