The artist

Born in 1954 in the Villa of Mazo, a Spanish municipality situated in the island of La Palma in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the Canary Islands. Bachelor of Fine Arts. Founding member of the Art group Apresto, currently exhibiting its project “Artemages” in the islands.

He has taught painting in the Faculty of Fine Arts in Santa Cruz de Tenerife as well as plastic and Visual Arts at Secondary School, combining for many years both his teaching labour with his professional artistic activities, until he quit his pedagogic tasks to fully engage in his painting.

He works in the city of San Cristobal de La Laguna, where he has his art studio and his habitual residence. Painting, with which he mostly identifies, is his artistic means of expression and has always been part of his artistic trajectory. Oil painting, acrylic painting, watercolour painting and graphite drawing are the techniques that are generally present in his work. Photography also occupies an important space in his artistic endeavour.


Artist Statement

The recurrent themes in my work, specially over the last twenty years, have been the traces, the spaces of confluence and their transformations, the loss of identity, the artificial spaces, oblivion and indifference, the residual, the place as absence, the relation with nature as an habitat and the cosmos as a question, the perspectives truncated, the mind conquered and the conscience lost.

I formulate the work in series as a way of using different words and establishing distinct reasoning to talk about the same worries, those that form part of my personal ideas. A way of communicating the same ideas that underlie as the deposits of what reality generates in me.

After the series developed taking as visual referents the creation of encompassing atmospheres where forms tended to lose their identities, as a kind of filter that led the particular to its loss of identity, the present work focuses on a constant process of deconstruction that intends to convert the image into a diffused space, and thus, open to infinite interpretations.


Recent works

The latest projects have been the series “Passarola” and “Border”.

I approach Saramago’s work from my own dialectics, acknowledged as close, analogous in many aspects, to the work and the thoughts of the Portuguese writer when it comes to sharing reflections, meditations and ideas that he as well as his characters speak. His texts reflect on the world and the human being that inhabits it. They reflect on the conflictive past, the accelerated and non-reflexive present, and the absent future. Saramago regards his own novels as essays with characters, the idea that my visual art project sustains. His characters speak so much, or even more, to underpin general arguments that reflect on the meaning of existence and the role that the human being plays as a temporal inhabitant of the planet, so as to offer continuity to a narrative fact. Once these texts get together, they become part of a new reflexive element that tries to give the visual arts work homogeneity, based on the constancy of certain graphical elements, depositories of the mentioned core concepts. We could say that these texts together with the visual arts work that provide corporeity form a narrative without characters.

In this sense, it is the general axioms and the generic considerations taken from the narrative context itself that sustain, support, reaffirm and project the argumentations and the pictorial narrative that have principally always been present in my artistic trajectory.


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Education

Bachelor  of Fine Arts from the University of La Laguna, Tenerife.

Latest exhibitions

2017 Fine Arts Museum “Passarola. Sueño y conciencia” Sobre textos de José Saramago. Santa Cruz, Tenerife. -INDIVIDUAL- / Artenmala Gallery “Animalalia”, Haría, Lanzarote. / Casa Mané Art Centre, La Oliva, Fuerteventura. / Santo Domingo Art Centre, Teguise, Lanzarote. / El Charco Exhibition Hall, Arrecife Lanzarote. / Ermita San Antonio Art Hall, Tías, Lanzarote.  “ARTEMAGES. Palabras que a veces son colores. -Leyendo a José Saramago-“               -COLLECTIVES-

2016   Fleming Art Hall “Confín”. Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife. -INDIVIDUAL- // Centro de Iniciativas de la Caja de Canarias -CICCA- . Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. / La Recova Art Centre. Santa Cruz, Tenerife. “ARTEMAGES. Palabras que a veces son colores. -Leyendo a José Saramago-“ -COLLECTIVES-

2015   Granadilla Etnográphic Museum “Granadilla con nombre de mujer”. Granadilla de Abona,Tenerife. -COLLECTIVE-.  // Enmala Arte Gallery “A-Cierto”.  Mala, Lanzarote. -COLLECTIVE-

2014   Fleming Art Hall “Arte a cien”. Puerto de la Cruz. Tenerife. -COLLECTIVE-

2013  San Luís Obispo Franciscan Convent  “Confín”. Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife.-INDIVIDUAL- // La Recova Art Centre “Interiores”. Santa Cruz, Tenerife. -COLLECTIVE-. // San Isidro “Cultura Centre Homenaje al libro”.  Granadilla, Tenerife. -COLLECTIVE-

2012  La Recova Art Centre “Testigo”. Santa Cruz, Tenerife. -INDIVIDUAL- // Art Septem Gallery “Silencio”. Hermigua, La Gomera. -INDIVIDUAL- // Hueco Art Centre “Minimun”. Santa Cruz, La Palma. -COLLECTIVE. // Art Septem Gallery. Hermigua, La Gomera. -COLECTIVA-. // Art Septem Gallery. Hermigua, La Gomera. -COLECTIVA-. // Exilus Art Gallery, Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife. -COLLECTIVE-.

2011  Casa de la Cultura “Silencio”.  Adeje, Tenerife. -INDIVIDUAL- // Antiguo Convento de Santo Domingo “Salinas”. La Laguna, Tenerife. -COLLECTIVE-

2006  Santo Domingo Art Centre “De la isla de fuego a la isla habitáculo”. Teguise, Lanzarote. -COLLECTIVE-.

2005  Palacio Salazar Gallery “Silencio”. Santa Cruz, La Palma. -INDIVIDUAL- // Casa Massieu “Salinas”. Tazacorte, La Palma. -COLLECTIVE-. // Juan Ismael Art Centre “Con título”. Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura. -COLLECTIVE-.

2004  La Trasera del Leal Art Gallery  “Silencio”. La Laguna, Tenerife. -INDIVIDUAL-

2003  Real Club Náutico de Santa Cruz de Tenerife “Maestros”. Santa Cruz, Tenerife. -COLLECTIVE- // Casa Colón. “VI Certamen de fotografía de la Caja Rural de Canarias”. Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.

2001  Real Club Náutico de Santa Cruz de Tenerife “III Premio de Pintura”. Santa Cruz, Tenerife. -COLLECTIVE-

2000  Superior Educatión Centre of the  University of la Laguna. La Laguna, Tenerife. / Casa de la Cultura “Fiestas Populares de Tenerife”. Garachico, Tenerife. -INDIVIDUALES- // BBVA Exhibition Halls. Barcelona. /  Museu d´Art  Moderno Tarragona “Perpetua singularidad”. -COLLECTIVES// Historia de Tenerife  Museum “La tierra de las estrellas”. La Laguna, Tenerife. -COLLECTIVE-

Awards

First Prize Pianting Award, 2001. Real Club Náutico de Santa Cruz de Tenerife.