The themes and style are a homage to the three greatest painters of Uruguay: Carlos Páez Vilaró, Pedro Figari, and Joaquín Torres García
Two visual artists, Mauricio Paz Viola (Uruguay) and Guillermo Grebe Larrain (Chile) come together to show their different styles of plastic expression, inviting us to experience their personal, unique worlds through colors, shapes and a plethora of visual languages.
Grebe Larrain’s works take us to dreamy, surrealistic landscapes drenched in color, offering us various perceptive realities to choose from and featuring characters that seem to have leapt out of fairy tales or their own personal worlds and showing us the magic that lies in the eyes of the beholder.
Yet, beyond what meets the eye is the creative act captured in the wonderful works that will surely leave their mark on our retinas and memories.
Paz Viola, on the other hand, guides us through a body of work that clearly center on two concepts: “sensitivity and expression”. With “sensitivity”, he captures and renders, with his use of color and light his capacity to feel, challenging the idea of full opacity in the act of plastic expression and assuming his identity in an chaos with its own order. With “expression”, he opens a dialogue with the viewer in which we run into ourselves in the abstractions and images that we interpret and re-created from our own imagination.
Group show “La Bellezza dello Sguardo” from Nov 27 to Dec 26, 2014 in the Italian School of Santiago. Inauguration on Nov 27 at 19:30. Av. Las Flores 12707, San Carlos de Aponquindo. www.scuola.cl
Group show in "Equinoccio 2014" Festival, showing one of my best abstract works in 2013
Come see my exhibition as part of "Uruguay Week" in Recoleta...
In a nimble and fun Space Opera, up-and-coming writer Cristian Tejada Urbina narrates the inminent interstellar conflict between the Earth and
the rebellious Nexus. The advent of an enigmatic character coming from a faraway galaxy threatened to further complicate the situation of the world, which in itself was already
Cover illustration: Mauricio Paz Viola, from his contemporary abstract series “Nothing in the Void (2011)”.
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Work selected for “Essense of Bread” painting competition organized by Lesaffre Group, world’s leading yeast producer in its first visual art event in Chile
My submission was titled “Pain” (also meaning bread in French).
Show inaugurated on August 4, Arte Trece Gallery.
“Dreams of Green” is a musical rendering of Mauricio Paz Viola’s artwork as part of Australian composer Helen Davey’s “52 sound
paintings” project, which features weekly compositions inspired by works of 52 visual artists.
More information at helendavey.com/blog/week-32-mauricio-paz-viola/
In Helen's words:
" I loved getting lost in this piece of art – which is just one in a series of Mauricio’s works. I wanted to evoke a sense of wonder and space for philosophical dreaming. I felt that such “spaciousness” required a sonic quality of unending-ness.
Generally I work with acoustic instruments, but for this piece, I delved into some midi sounds, namely, “bliss, tranquil horizon & curved air” (how could I resist those names? They seem so appropriate!). The meandering melody line (“curved air”) is intended to carry thoughts where they wish to wander, in a wondering way.
A Uruguayan artist living in Chile is certainly not someone I would meet every day. I found Mauricio’s artwork online and love that although we don’t share a common language, we can communicate in simple sentences, about our art and project 52, (using google translate). What a remarkable time we live in!"