Luis Cuevas

Luis Cuevas was born in 1952 in Maracaibo, Zulia State. With a prolific artistic production which started in 1982, Luis Cuevas has become an artistic reference in the region. His artwork has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition in the MACZUL (Modern Art Museum of Zulia State) covering his more than 30 years of creative experience in diverse formats.

When contemplating his recent artwork, it is evident his Latin-American identity: richness of color, luminosity, texture and ancestral elements inside a legendary and mystic landscape. Despite the narrative character of his work, Luis Cuevas does not pretend to describe a real situation, but the achievement of a structure of chromatic shapes extended almost uniformly over the surface, in which what the observer seems to identify fades into a background, to an illusory and enchanted space that call us to perceive beyond the known reality1.

 

Luis Cuevas painting is abstract, but charged with symbols, signs and allusions that evoke hidden realities2. Interpreting Luis Cuevas artwork results in impressions that discover metaphoric proposals from color and its technical expression. His narrative image relies on a grammar of color, where each tone is a category that organizes with others to give sense to the artwork in its totality, generating chromatic sensations that allows observing an independence of dyes. Each color is its own presence.

 

The jungle routine, the confusion between flora and fauna builds a polychrome representing the virtue of autonomous color. In the middle of this combat of colors, the figures possess themselves forming a live scene. In absolute simplicity, the artwork is more than a canvas, it is a sequence of events narrated that sublimates the real and make of themselves a plausible metaphor.

1 According to the critic Oscar Gonzalez Bogen

2 Accoding to Peran Erminy

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(Sold) Aquelarre en el jardín
Acrylic on Canvas
47x40 in
2015
(Sold) Gallo Florido
Acrylic on canvas
28x20 in
1996 - intervened by artist in 2016
(Sold) Iguazul
Acrylic on Canvas
47x40 in
2015
(Sold) Nave Vegetal
Essay - Acrylic on Canvas
40x47 in
2015
(Sold) Pájaro y gusano
Acrylic on canvas
59 x 51 inches
2012
(Sold) Sin título - Untitled
Silk-screen print (Artist Proof)
14x19 in - framed
1988
(Sold) Sin título - Untitled
Mixed Media on Paper - Framed
18x26 in
2005
(Sold) Yo no me despierto
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 31 Inches
2009
(Sold) Yo no pinto flores
Acrylic on canvas
47x40 in
2016
Canaguararte Zoo
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 39 Inches
2015
Desde la ventana
Acrylic on canvas
47x40 in
2016
Hacedor de pájaros
Mixed Media on Canvas
37x59 in
2014
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