New Mexican Psychorealism
16 Mar — 29 Apr 2017 at the Galerie Benjamin Eck in Munich, Germany
Alfredo Chamal, an emerging artist who, uses an unorthodox tool for art. With a simple pen Chamal explores contemporary realism by drawing large scale formats, in constant search for feminity through muses and objects. In his last series he talks about a rescue of his own feminity using a mannequin as a metaphor protagonized in the drawings. His works are based on photographs taken by himself. Intimate, intriguing and accidental images that are the prework of this drawing art. They invite to a cotemplation oft the strokes and spontaneous harmony.The purpose of a virtous mimesis in the drawings is to create a dialogue with the viewer but not as a necessary interest. The main interest is the daily portrait realised with a common tool - a pen.
Victor is considered to be the leader of the new generation of hyperrealist artists working internationally today. He has exhibited extensively internationally, including at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, the Flint Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Museo de Monterrey in Mexico and Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey MARCO.
Rodriguez”s imagery is immaculate, depicting intricate surface textures such as skin and clothing in a hyper-realistic manner. In the vein of Photorealism, the surface quality is slick and glossy as the pages of a high-end fashion magazine. However, Rodriguez does not identify himself as a Photorealists whose core philosophy was purely objective; to paint as a process of reproducing a photograph with no personal or intimate narrative. And although he sites the forefathers of Photorealism such as Chuck Close and Franz Gertsch as influences, his interest in painting is derived from Renaissance artists such as Vermeer and Velazques, who rendered realism with a personal or historical narrative. Indeed, Rodriguez”s paintings are rich with narrative and deeply personal, exacerbated by imagery that is so real, one can almost feel by seeing.