Oscar Casanova Niño

was born 1970 in San Juán de Colón, Tachira State that borders on Colombia. Oscar Casanova graduated from Escuela de Artes Plásticas Cristobal Rojas in Caracas. Casanova’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions in Venezuela along with international exhibitions in Ecuador, Peru, Canada, Colombia, Bolivia, Spain, Switzerland and France. 

His work reproduces the Latin American environment and ambience. He does this with the use of strong and pure colors, the changes in tones, the sheen and brightness of the tropics and the mist of the mountain ranges. And it all reflects on the tranquility of its people. Elements in his works such as the paper boats and calla lilies represent much more than the beautiful images created in his canvas.. Casanova poses fundamental questions with his work, had a committed approach and sends a strong message.

Is the loss of identity of Latin America, the logical consequence of the construction of the Western civilization? He asks “Are they all seen as one person, one village?” Is it possible for them to live independently or are they full of stereotypes imposed on them from the outside world that suffocates their culture? 

Oscar Casanova proposes to eliminate stereotypes and discover the true identity of the South American continent and suggests that it needs to resist the historical amnesia. 

In simpler terms, the paper boats represent the men and women of Latin America, seeking the history of their culture that gives them a true sense of themselves. The boat struggling to remain afloat, symbolizes a fragile identity, unable to recognize itself, and with the absence of certainty, it navigates the stormy open seas. It needs to tell a story and skeptical to a reference point, has to reach a common destiny, a safe harbor. 

The Calla lilies are a metaphor of hope as they await the boats arrival and represent a better future. The emblematic flower in many ancient cultures, used in the struggles for the construction and rescue of aesthetics and cultural identities  is shown in the simplicity of its essence. The lilies wait for the awakening of a continent that should claim its position in the world, that has been denied

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