Self-taught artist Mauricio Ezequiel Paz Viola (b 1985; Carmelo, Colonia, Uruguay) embarked on his artistic journey early in life. Dabbling in plastic art since 7, he has participated in various art competitions in his native Uruguay and abroad. At 14, Paz Viola began to participate in group shows and individual shows nationally and internationally in galleries and museums in Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, United States, Italy, among others. His work have been featured in doctoral studies programs in art in universities in Chile, Mexico, Argentina and Spain, and are frequently featured in magazines and art books, among which are Latin American Plastic Art Annual Review, High Impact: the Art of Visual (New York) as well as books in Spain, Argentina, UK, France, etc.
The style of Paz Viola has evolved from realism, landscape and portraits in his youth to surrealism and expressionism. Since his arrival in Chile in 2008, he started to focus on abstract expressionism.
The most notable influences of Paz Viola are Roberto Matta, Maurits Cornelis Escher, Joan Miró, Vasili Kandinski, Max Ernst, as well as Uruguayan artist and friend Javier Gil, who imbued a sense of motion into rigid objects as if everything had a life of its own – a concept expressed in Paz Viola’s series “Nothing in the Void”.
Paz Viola is currently based out of Pacific Grove, California.
Ontological concepts, jubilant style and instinct make a magical mix in the works of Mauricio Paz Viola, creating visual imageries secure in their aesthetic expression, and marvelously incisive for the viewer… terrific for ones who are fond of introspection.
The works of Paz Viola alludes to the hidden charm of abstraction to the point of almost subordinating all conceptual speculation to genuine emotional experiences, a proposal typical of any authentic art where aesthetics are at play with our senses. In his works – extensive, powerful color schemes in preliminary states, covering the canvas in an organic manner, with a sustained rhythm as if animated by the compositional force that sprung from the bond between the artist and the Universe. I would say that even more significant is the visual materialization of the dialogue between the existential author that delves into the profound consciousness of origin.
If there were a way in which Paz Viola connects with art, it would be reflection, with his own techniques – which is why his visual language takes us directly to the core of his works and transforming them into purely symbolic elements. Nevertheless, the artist seems to shy away from using a story nor taking the reins of a narrative, retaining on the canvas only what is perpetual, infinite and what speaks for itself…
I believe that the magnitude of images reflect the artist’s creative and cognitive will, and an example of this would be the series “Nothing in the Void” where the author expands on the extreme idea of a kind of meaning where the human-universe duality dissolves in the immenseness. Presented with a subtle touch of personal nostalgia, the series nevertheless features explosions of color and spaces, enticing the viewer in an intense, limitless realm while striking music in their heartstrings.
(Ricardo César Lescano Grosso) , Art critic in Argentina
Mauricio Paz Viola proposes a new approach to contemporary art through fantastical images of his own ideation, creating a wondrous landscape that invites imagination, physical and psychic, organic metaphors in virtual, ethereal and luminous worlds with a lyrical, person graphology like few are able to , In order to strive for perfection in beauty which springs from his inner cosmos.
The creative impulse is palpable all over the canvas, in its transparencies, its persistent yet innovative propositions of its own world, which opens to us through his writing, which is painting and drawing at the same time and masterfully and spontaneously conveys his cosmos, transforming The viewer into silent witnesses to a world where time loses its relevance and shapes indefinitely regenerate, becoming permanent movements in the eyes of observers.
Paz Viola eludes to straight-forward interpretation: rather, I have defined his own landscape, articulating new horizons of joyful inspiration, with singular effects of light and shade, of dreamy colors in their textures and shapes. Henceforth, Paz Viola reveals his anxiety as an artist and a human being - anxious to reveal his self, while his work appears as a fragment of a unique composition, an element of his secret intention to reveal the inner world of his imagination which Nourishes his creations.
The colors used by Paz Viola are not colors of the nature. Rather, they are invented, perhaps to generate uncanny visions of his dreams and his poetic wanderings: lights and sparks shining out of blue and orange, luring views to dabble in the world of Paz Viola ... unexpected radiance that takes views to the realms of magic , To an imagined and fabulous world sustained by masterfully wrought colors, in a state of constant change and creation, shapes that interlace and reinvent themselves, mixing colors, giving birth to new volumes, ebullient of perfect transparency and light.
Paz Viola presents a dynamic and incandescent landscape, which is deeply personal with an unequivocal singularity and originality, in which his works as a young artist and creator. While years will add to his mastery which is already evident, and will surely travel new paths towards new possibilities of wonder.
It is difficult to overlook his work: viewers are inevitably drawn to behold them, to enter them and be carried away by the artist's way of seeing and seeing - which alone can testify to its value the plastic expression. It is impossible not to explore the hidden nooks and corners and find them lights and shadows. Inertia has no place in his work, and monotony is nonexistent: with multiplied visual realms, of which each is a landscape, a vision, and all come together and form a parable - familiar, friendly, speaking to us in another tongue, in a Unique language of Paz Viola.
The vibrant lines elevate shapes and colors to glory, with magic transpiring from all his creations - an epic magic that lends itself to the movement of shapes and the vitality and transparency of color. Paz Viola blazes his own trail: he is his own influence, and therein lies the litmus proof of his weight as an artist. The spatiality in his paintings mark the beginning of the viewer's journey, while his impeccable techniques grips observers till the end of their artistic musings.
Paz Viola has a remarkable sensitivity with colors, and his paintings lay bare the depth and sensuality of his highly original textures that have broken free from conventions ... Peace Viola gifts us with his existential mystique in every brush, weaving fantasies that dance between the familiar and The unknown, opening new dimensions through his canvas wormholes ... Peace Viola shows a fresh path in a creative cosmos that exists only in his spirit and subconsciousness. From such intimate space are born his creations, which grow, change and multiple towards perfection.
Paz Viola is a good example of mediums at the service of ideas, of his unwavering horizons, of his colors - pink, orange, saturated or translucent, transfiguring in dark puzzles or luminous sparkles - like an x-ray of his imagination, of his Spirit
Emerging gracefully out of his experimental audacity, Paz Viola seeks in the other than representing his genuine essence as a human being and an artist through his intimate and distinctive touch.
(Martin Astorga), plastic artist and culture manager
2016-Participant in Innsbrook International Contemporary Art Fair. Austria
2016-Participant in international art show “the Color of Sounds” as representative of Uruguay, in Santiago, Chile
2016-Participant in Expo Punta Arte, Punta del Este, Uruguay
2015-Participant in Art Basel Miami, Florida, USA.
2015- Solo show, “Essentia” in Recoleta Cultural Center, Santiago, Chile
2015-Group show "Trillados" in Chimkowe Cultural Center of Peñalolén, Santiago, Chile.
2015-Group show "Image & Light" at Bottega d'Arte Merlino Gallery, Florence, Italy.
2015-Group show in Le Dame Gallery, London, Uk.
2015- Group show with Guillermo Grebe Larraín and Soledad Omeñaca in Atelier4 Gallery
2015- Group show in Mundo Sur Gallery, “Alec iacta est”
2015- Solo show in Cultural Center of Ñuñoa
2015 Group show in Bussi Gallery in celebration of its 40th anniversary
2014- Group show "GLI DEI ANTICHI” in Chilean-US Cultural institute of Valapraiso, Chile
2014- Group show in Equinox Festival in Matta House,
2014- Solo show in Cultural Center of Recoleta during “Uruguay week”
2014- Group show – “Essence of bread” in Arte Trece Gallery
2014-Group show –“Encounters” in Siglo XX Yolanda Hurtado Gallery
2013- Group show in Espacio 10 Gallery (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
2013- Group show “Imagen Joven”, Museum of Fine Arts in Paraná, Argentina
2013- Solo show in Oops! Gallery
2013-Group show in “Arte Joven MAJO 2013” at Romulo Raggio Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina
2013- Show and Tour with Latin American Annual Art Review No. 17 (Argentina & Uruguay)
2012- Group show in Fifth Visual Art Fair, Fobeju Foundation
2011- 2012 tour “country” with national prize winner Guillermo Núñez, Mexican painter Uriel Parker and Chilean painter Martín Astorga Camus throughout Chile, receiving over 7,000 visitors
2010-2011 creation of project “Artivism for Peace” (affiliated with UNA Art Miles project in the US), including community art/intervention workshops for children and mural painting in southern Chile
1999-2008 Annual solo show of paintings, drawings and sculptures as part of “De la Vuelta Group” in Uruguay, along with concert tours and community events
2005 Group show in A.P.E.U en A.F.E. Colonia (art festival held in Colonia Department), with works making into the permanent exhibition throughout the year
2005 Solo show in Torres Garcia Hall of Consulate of Argentina in Colonia
2005 Solo show in Four Seasons Resort, Colonia
1999-2005 Annual group show with studio art students of professor Anselmo Cabrebra, Cultural Center of Carmelo
2004- Book cover illustration for “Miseria” by Uruguayan poet Maximiliano Garcia.
2004- Group show “Homage to Torres Garcia” in Plaza Artigas with professor Anselmo Cabrera
2004- Solo show in Cultural Center of Carmelo