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. There is no arbitrariness in the selection, the painter observes to learn, Armando stops to decipher the Masters recreating those details of his works that he considers captivating or complex, in the effort to walk that way he explains himself the causes that caused the effect that upsets you. Scientific or philosophical, his analysis is a Dionysian passion, it is the pleasure of trying to enter the spirit and mind of those beings whom we admire or love, those artists and their works that dragged him to the underworld of creation as torment and seduction, as an obsession and sense of existence.

0.02, 2018


Armando de la Garza

0.02, 2018

From La Transvaloración de Todos Los Valores Series

Oil and resin on cardboard and cotton


Dimensions: 13.71 H x 26.38 W in.

One of a Kind


Signed on verso by the artist

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