Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery continues celebrating its 20 years in the national and international scene, supporting avant-garde artists who project an original vision and breakthrough art in the aspects of aesthetic and concept, drawing away from the tendencies. Carrying out a dynamic exhibition agenda and constantly presenting novelty, the turn for Mexican painter based in Brooklyn (NY) Victor Rodríguez has arrived, with his first Solo Show ever in Dominican Republic titled "You Build Bridges, I Build Walls". The opening will take place November 19th (7pm - 11pm) in its Torre Piantini space.
Victor Rodriguez (born in 1970, Mexico City) is one of the most recognized Mexican visual artists nowadays. His paintings, usually in a large- scale format, show the human figure in odd positions and attitudes placing them in spaces that seem to belong to a virtual reality. He uses a vivid color pallette that reminisces fauve painting. Rodriguez's work has been interpreted as "photorealism" because of its mimetic qualities, although the painter himself doesn't agree, since his intention is to use photoderived imagery as a pictorial language.
In this new body of works, the artist returns unconsciously to his obsession of perpetrating the hallucinating image of his muse-anti-muse, who persists as an omnipresent figure, thus turned into an icon in his compositions.
"You Build Bridges, I Build Walls" consists of eleven large-scale experimental portraits, using the technique of acrylic on canvas.
The critic Naief Yehya states: "In recent years, Victor Rodriguez has painted and repainted pictures again and again, allowing them to transform, just as memories evolve and make us reimagine the present by reworking the traces of the past."
Victor Rodriguez has widely exhibited in the United States, Italy, France, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Peru, Costa Rica, in institutions as prestigious as the Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego, Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mydone Osaka Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art of Monterrey (MARCO), among others.
The exhibition will be open until January 30th, 2016.