Visionary Caribbean Artist at Cremata Gallery
The visually stunning work of Puerto Rican painter Edwin Guevarez arrives in South Florida
Friday, April 3rd, 2009
Opening reception: Friday, April 3rd, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Cremata Gallery. 1646 SW 8th Street. Miami, FL 33135
Indifference is not an option. The viewer cannot remain impassive to the characters in Edwin Guevarezâ€™s universe. Contemporary but firmly rooted in Renaissance beauty the men and women that populate the artistâ€™s canvases talk about passion and repression, virtue and chastity, inequality, lust, and desire. Luxurious fabrics frame the sitter and serve as visual commentary. Sixteenth century Italy is a constant presence in this exhibit: from the silks and taffetas to the Venetian carnival and the portraiture style.
Rigorously constructed, the work of Edwin Guevarez offers the formal structure of a trained artist who thinks seriously about his craft. The striking elegance of the painterâ€™s opus draws the viewerâ€™s attention to the essential questions usually masked by civilized exchange. â€œThe Courage to Lookâ€ establishes a dialogue with Magritte, neo-Pop, and even the traditions of Late Renaissance and Mannerist portraiture that the artist would have encountered in his years as a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
â€œEdwin Guevarez forces us to look at ourselves and the world around us, critically, forcefully,â€ stated RaÃºl Cremata, Director of Cremata Gallery. â€œWe are in a universe of transformation where the critical point of view this artist proposes has renewed resonance.â€
Justo J. SÃ¡nchez, curator, adds: â€œThese are visual sonnets, odes, with different rhythms and meters. They are all inspired by humanityâ€™s complexity, its contradictions and drama. â€˜The Courage to Lookâ€™ is for me a book of poems to the beauty of the human condition.â€
Edwin Guevarez, born in San Juan de Puerto Rico, has had a distinguished career having participated in important fairs (including Zurich, ArteamÃ©ricas, and Shanghai). He has had a number of one-person exhibits at Viota Gallery, one of Puerto Ricoâ€™s leading galleries for contemporary art. His work appears in several important Caribbean collections. Cremata Gallery hosts his first U.S. exhibit.
1646 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33135
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