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Three Elements by Jose Paez del Nogal

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José Páez del Nogal belongs to the generation of Venezuelan artists who struggled between the shadow of the great masters of modernism –Alejandro Otero, Jesús Rafael Soto, or Carlos Cruz-Diez –, the unique influence of Gego, and the urgency of a rupture that led them to focus on explorations that were as unruly and multiple in their techniques and forms of expression as they were solitary, independently of the moments of convergence between some of these artists. Gabino Matos summarized Páez del Nogal’s contribution through a revealing phrase: “He has rewritten the grammar of abstraction”. But as Barthes and Foucault rightly understood, rewriting does not equate to the originality of a new point of departure; rather on the contrary, it equates to the enriched awareness aroused by an oeuvre like this artist’s, of our being in the presence of a palimpsest art nourished by a myriad of references to preceding works, without however ceasing to be profoundly personal.

José Páez del Nogal’s abstract works succeed in synthesizing the frenzied contemporary life drive (that fusion between indecipherable calligraphies and vast areas of color planes) and the potency of a graphic and pictorial gesture born of a state of extreme concentration that unifies the multiple creative forces into a harmonious whole.

Catalogue essay by Adriana Herrera, Ph.D.

Statement by Carol Damian, Ph.D.

May 01, 2015 – June 27, 2015

Opening reception: Friday, May 01, 6-10pm

Venezuelan artist José Páez del Nogal (Venezuela, 1951) is having his first solo show in the United States in collaboration with Canale Diaz Art Center, a cultural space in the beautiful Coral Gables that recently opened its door.

Three Elements is the summary of a successful career by the talented drawer and painter. The exhibition will showcase 15 of his most recent artworks. Another 15 will be available through the center’s website. The artist will be present at the opening reception.

Having participated in shows in Aruba, Colombia, Cuba, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States and Venezuela, the artist comes back to Miami to exhibit matured compositions that masterly combine drawing and painting on the same canvas.

“Páez del Nogal combines the spontaneity of graphic markings with planes of geometric color. He plays with lines and space and their interaction to both suspend his forms in time and allow them to move back and forth and across the canvas for a ‘push-pull’ effect. It is this interaction that conveys both meaning and aesthetic value to his compositions.” – Carol Damian.

“The reference to the presence of Japanese calligraphy in his work is also unavoidable. […] There is a relationship between the ink- holding capacity and the forms of the brush – short, long, and extra long liners – and the physical and mental training that allows the execution of the drawing and of gestural painting as spontaneous action, though nonetheless rigorous and disciplined.

[…] José Páez del Nogal’s abstract works succeed in synthesizing the frenzied contemporary life drive (that fusion between indecipherable calligraphies and vast areas of color planes) and the potency of a graphic and pictorial gesture born of a state of extreme concentration that unifies the multiple creative forces into a harmonious whole.” – Adriana Herrera.

About Canale Diaz Art Center
The recently founded Art Center works as a culture space that combines various artistic trends in each event. Focused primarily on Latin-American contemporary art, the center fuses their events with literature, poetry, education, and performing arts. The center’s main goal is to provide an enriching cultural experience to the public.

Directed by Marco Canale and Manuel Diaz, economist and entrepreneur, respectively; both are art collectors and have worked as art dealers in Venezuela for several years. They also offer advising services to new and experienced collectors as well investors and companies. Canale Diaz Art Center strives to become the new cultural space in the Gables!

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