Durban Segnini Gallery
February – April 2015
Elogio de la Sombra / Eulogy to the shadow is the title of Peruvian Master Fernando de Szyszlo’s upcoming exhibition at Durban Segnini this February. It will include 20 recent works comprising paintings and sculptures.
De Szyszlo, born in Lima in 1923 from Polish and Spanish-Indian descents, began studying Architecture to then finish his training in Fine Arts, is today one of Peru’s most important and recognized artists.His work is caracterized by a strong blend of intermixing abstract and figurative wtih a particular vision of pre-hispanic myths, connected with spiritual and poetic interpretation, defined as lyrical abstractionism. De Szyszlo has exhibited his work at the Venice Biennial, the Sao Paolo Biennial, the Guggenheim Museum, MoMa, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Museum of Latin American Art (Molaa), with more than 100 solo exhibitions. His work is represented in important public and private collections around the world
(…) “What has nourished Szyszlo? A history of more than ten thousand years, where the Tahuantinsuyo occupies barely one hundred years. Pre-Hispanic cultures and civilizations that attract, us with their designations and achievements. From the mythical Machu-Pichu through the desolate Cajamarca.
But each of his works, like those now being exhibited at Miami’s Durban Segnini Gallery, preserves its expressive force and mythical charge and reinstalls in a demystified world an ancestral fear of the incomprehensible—death itself, the end of civilization—opening up in those underground ceremonies an implacable grid of bolts of light and blood. Mario Vargas Llosa describes it as “a ceremony that at times resembles immolation or sacrifice, celebrated over a primitive altar. A barbaric and violent rite with someone bleeding to death, disintegrating, surrendering and also, perhaps, enjoying it. In any case, something that is not intelligible, that must be apprehended through the tortuous road of obsession, of nightmares, of visions”.
This art— what primordial night does it sprout from? What obscure energy does it nourish on, to extend that somber background where piercing, sharp forms seem to insinuate themselves, to cut an outline, subtle and delicate at times, full of underwater phosphorescence or transparencies at others, like a mirage in the desert or perhaps an Andean landscape? But there is more: the coastline, sierras or the Peru jungle, two thousand years before they were ever called as such, come together in a pilgrimage to Chavin de Huantar to worship the stone idol where felines, serpents and birds, hallucinogens and blood converged in those cold eyes and four crossed canine teeth—as Mario Vargas Llosa reminds us—to beg for protection against death, against natural disasters, against tribal wars. Once there, steps, terraces, chapels, chambers, tunnels, fog and color combine in the ceremony, in propitiatory rites, in the sacrifice that now, undoubtedly, Fernando de Szyszlo’s painting evokes, beckons and invokes with the magic of just his brushes, in those astronomical charts or underground sensors that are his oils.
Excerpts from the Catalogue Essay by Juan Gustavo Cobo Borda: A Look at Szyszlo’s Painting. Bogotá, November, 2014.
About Durban Segnini Gallery
Cesar Segnini, director and owner, founded Durban Segnini Gallery in Caracas, Venezuela in 1970 and in Miami in 1992. The gallery specializes in contemporary painting and sculpture with particular emphasis in artists who have worked with abstract expressionism, abstraction, constructivism, geometric and kinetic art. Simultaneously, the Gallery strives to promote and diffuse new artistic values as well as the historical vanguards that have influenced them. Since 1992 exhibitions are open to the public all year round in the gallery in Miami, Florida. Worldwide, Durban Segnini Gallery is known for its expertise in such areas as the integration of artworks to architectural spaces as well as for its customized consultant services to private collections.
The gallery’s history includes in 2015 another significant anniversary, the celebration of 35 years of “Art for the Eighties / Arte para los Ochenta”, exhibition held in 1980 at Durban Galería in Caracas, Venezuela, featuring important young artists who where present at the opening: Harvey Tulcensky, Takao Saito, Cynthia Gallagher, Tom Butter, Joseph Hilton,Tom Rankin, Fl. Schröder, Donald Baechler, Jean Feinberg, Jeffrey Plate, Robin Tewes, Nancy Arlen, Jeff Koons,and Suzuki Taro
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