ARMANDO DE LA GARZA
Born in the city of Monterrey Nuevo León in 1973, Armando de la Garza began his painting studies at a very young age. But it was not until 1995 that he finished studying architecture and began his professional career in the art world. He has exhibited in more than 40 group exhibitions in the USA, France, Austria, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Australia, Italy, Spain, and Mexico. Individually he has exhibited more than 25 times highlighting "anywhere this maybe" in Ginocchio Gallery in DF, "Once Upon a Time" at the Center for the Arts of the city of Monterrey, "ID" in Emma Molina Gallery, San Pedro Garza Garcia. "The Misfortunes of Virtue" Oblyon Gallery, Barcelona, Spain, "Horror Vacui" Gallery Isabel Croxatto, Santiago de Chile "Portraits of the court" eleventh alternative gallery or "Biota" in the space of Area Creative 42 in Rivarolo Italy among others. He has been awarded several awards such as the acquisition prize in the XVII Review of the plastic Nuevoleonesa and first place in the first biennial of the German Cultural Center as well as selections in the IX FEMSA Biennial and in different issues of the Review of plastic Nuevoleonesa, and the National Encounter of young art among others.
La Transvaloración de Todos Los Valores
Armando de la Garza in this series of paintings returns to the natural values of a painting: beauty, color, and composition making detail and fragmentation an emphasis of our observation. The Nietzschean, Dionysian "immoralism" that inverts the values and returns to that nature that we have lost by imposed moralism, is the fullness of the color that inserts framed the details that reproduces to mention an indivisible whole and present in our pictorial memory.
The works are panels that separate the pictorial elements and reassemble them, the isolated colors in absolute abstractions are extracted from the details of the fruit basket of the Baco de Caravaggio, a face and the candelabra of the Marriage Arnolfini by Van Eyck, the legs tied of the Lamb of God of Zurbarán.
The ''Biotá'' series is a project in which, once again, De la Garza makes use of alternative materials in opposition to the traditional to expose his speech. Landscapes and classic still-lifes, taken from the great representatives of art history, are reinterpreted and captured in oil on these alternative canvases
Los Infortunios de la Virtud
"Los Infortunios de la Virtud" (The Misfortunes of Virtue) leaves behind a dichotomous trace of manifest sophistication and delicacy, shaped by characters, situations, atmospheres, and objects that constitute a story very similar to a cautionary tale that does not let itself be dragged by something so ephemeral and vulgar as good taste, but to is governed by an irony that always chisels with his intelligent chisel and serves as a synecdoche argument.
Horror Vacui II
Through the multiplicity of paintings and materials that gather in the series "Horror Vacui II", Armando de la Garza makes us sharers in his autobiographical dissolution in which the body (real and symbolic) suffers its own "small death in parts", a dismemberment in which the symbol religious, dying body and animal remains collapse with ironic personal fetishes and high-fashion accessories in a game where the funny has fun with death. An autobiographical dissolution that although it seemed fundamental in the uniqueness of this exhibition, actually comes through different works of the artist in which constant autobiographical elements have managed to form a forceful personal narrative.
La Filosofía en el Tocador
In “La Filosofía en el Tocador”, Armando de la Garza presents us new executive lines that do nothing but enrich a firm reflection always materialized in surprising pieces. They are spaces that break with the most schematic or representative traditions of the classic boudoir. The objects that he chooses have an ambiguous and disturbing connotation due to the hierarchy in which they are found, and through his work seeks to challenge it. As Confucius said: "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."