Self-taught artist Mauricio Paz Viola (b 1985; Carmelo, 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 Venezuela, Spain, Argentina, UK, France, etc.
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”.
I would define my artwork as a manifestation of self, an extension of my spirit or sub-consciousness, which is still beyond my grasp and lies at the deepest sphere of pure self. In particular, I try to minimize intellectual inclinations when I create to prevent the ego, the fictitious self from intervening, and hence my works are the most loyal reflections of who I am (dreamer, fantasy-prone, sensitive, sexual and a bit dark and gloomy sometimes). I paint, therefore I am.
My works feature images of imaginary landscapes, empty or inhabited by unknown beings - landscapes that externalize to constant inner struggle of being human, that visualizes conflict between good and evil, between light and darkness ... hence, the best way to describe my work is - landscapes inhabited by the self, where a step forward is eternal light and a step backwards is total darkness, a realm that is both personal and universal, and something I would like to share with the world.
In a nutshell, a constant theme of my work is the common experience of all living things as manifested in nature, the universe (or universes) and the infinite worlds and dimensions about which we know nothing, towards which biology, science, art try grapple ... in a word, LIFE.
Ontological concepts, jubilant style and instinct make a magical mix in the works of Mauricio Paz Viola, creating visual images secure in their aesthetic expression, and marvelously incisive for the viewer ... terrific for those who are fond of introspection.
The works of Paz Viola alludes to the hidden charm of the 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 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 be taking away from using a story or taking the reins of 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
· 2018-Beijing Art Expo No. 21 (ArtBank), Beijing, China
· 2018-Con Artists Collective show, New York
· 2018-Van der Plas Gallery, Summer Rainbow show, New York
· 2018-Featured artist in ArtBank project in Shanghai, China
· 2017-Unauthorized SFMOMA Shows 2017, San Francisco & New York, US.
· 2017- Leppe Gallery, Santiago, Chile.
· 2016- “Artbox, Project Miami” in Spectrum Miami
· 2016- Chile-Venezuela Visual Art Exchange, Venezuela
· 2016- Innsbrook International Contemporary Art Fair. Austria
· 2016- Represented Uruguay in International Art Fair “the Color of Sounds” in Santiago, Chile
· 2016- Expo Punta Arte, Punta del Este, Uruguay
· 2015- Art Basel Miami, Florida, USA.
· 2015- Solo show, “Essentia” in Recoleta Cultural Center, Santiago, Chile
· 2015- "Trillados" in Chimkowe Cultural Center of Peñalolén, Santiago, Chile.
· 2015- Image & Light" at Bottega d'Arte Merlino Gallery, Florence, Italy.
· 2015- Le Dame Gallery, London, UK.
· 2015- Show in Atelier4 Gallery with Guillermo Grebe Larraín and Soledad Omeñaca, Santiago, Chile
· 2015- “Alec iacta est” show in Mundo Sur Gallery, Santiago, Chile
· 2015- Solo show in Cultural Center of Ñuñoa, Chile
· 2015 Bussi Gallery in celebration of its 40th anniversary, Chile
· 2014- "GLI DEI ANTICHI” show in Chilean-US Cultural institute of Valapraiso, Chile
· 2014- Equinox Festival in Casa de lo Matta, Santiago, Chile
· 2014- Solo show in Cultural Center of Recoleta during “Uruguay Week”, Chile
· 2014- “Essence of bread” in Arte Trece Gallery, Santiago, Chile
· 2014- “Encounters” show in Siglo XX Yolanda Hurtado Gallery, Santiago, Chile
· 2013- Espacio 10 Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina
· 2013- “Imagen Joven”, Museum of Fine Arts in Paraná, Argentina
· 2013- Solo show in Oops! Gallery, Santiago, Chile
· 2013- “Arte Joven MAJO 2013,” Romulo Raggio Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina
· 2013- Show and Tour with Latin American Annual Art Review No. 17 (Argentina & Uruguay)
· 2012- Fifth Visual Art Fair, Fobeju Foundation, Santiago, Chile
· 2011- 2012 Tour “País” with Chilean artist Guillermo Núñez, Mexican painter Uriel Parker and Chilean
painter Martín Astorga Camus throughout Chile, receiving over 10,000 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, Uruguay
· 2005 Solo show, Torres Garcia Hall of Consulate of Argentina, 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