Curated by Carmen Gaitán Rojo
Director of the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL)
Recognizing this universal Venezuelan is today a task that forces Mexicans to pay tribute, as one of the great artists who coined multiple sources of inspiration. Of this undoubted fact, it accounts for the variety of records reached in the pieces chosen for this exhibition. For the painter, the search for the ancestral is an eternal present, a fundamental source that nourishes his work.
In 1952 he won the National Prize for Plastic Arts, with the work La gran bruja, he challenged the structures of Venezuela, his country, and exerted an intellectual and artistic impact, which caused him to be given a central place in the national plastic. Facial and textile designs of the Wayuu culture, characterized by subtle geometric structures, impact his work. This interest was typical of a generation and a continent that was meeting its cultural and spiritual essence.
Oswaldo Vigas. Poetics of Abstraction, gives a synthesis of 50 years of uninterrupted creation. The records run from the years 1950 to 2009. The aesthetic construction of Oswaldo Vigas will surely dazzle with the overwhelming honesty that reflects each of the 18 paintings and three sculptures, which for the first time we can appreciate in Mexico.
Formas IV, 1955 Oil and Gouache on paper glued on board 41 7/10 × 31 1/2 in (106 x 80 cm) Unique
Cristo III, 1972, Oil on canvas, 51 1/5 × 31 9/10 in (130 × 81 cm)
Transfigurante III, 1972 Oil on masonite 39 2/5 × 27 3/5 in (100 x 70 cm) Unique
Objeto Americano, 1955-1956
Oil on cardboard glued on masonite
53h x 76w cm
Objeto Americano, 1955-1956 Oil on paper glued on masonite 20 9/10 × 29 9/10 in (53 × 76 cm)
Objeto Negro I, 1954 Ink on paper, board on canvas 21 x 29 in (53.3 x 73.5 cm) Unique