â€œArturo Quintero anchors the foundations of his work in Geometry as a source for a beginning. Thus, he provides the first visual synthesis of the universe and defines the primary characters of its structure: Geometry as a mother tongue and an original alphabet. Following rigorous research, he has integrated mathematical precision and perfect operational skills with organic quality, intuition and poetic flow. Quintero informs, deforms, fractures, constructs and deconstructs form, opening alternative spaces for a visual understanding of our surroundings. His plastic field of action is subject to geometry but not making it a place for fixed and constant relations, but a place for infinite transformations." Catalogue Essay by Maria Luz CÃ¡rdenas
Arturo Quintero ( b. 1964)
Departing from a strong influence in Geometric Abstraction and Op Art, along with MC Escherâ€™s impossible spaces, Arturo Quintero has built his body of work upon mathematical calculations to create volumetric geometrical shapes arranged on the wall and in architectural spaces. He is a passionate researcher of mathematical theoreticians and philosophers such as Plato, Galileo, Archimedes and Euclid, and is interested in scientific studies about mathematics, the cosmos, patterns and harmonic relations that exist in our natural and constructed world. Quintero creates his works in series and his pieces generate virtual movement produced by all possible solid shapes, like rectangles, rhombuses, trapezes, circles, spheres, squares and triangles, which are painted with bright shades of colors of lacquered acrylic. His works alter our perception and produce movement for the spectatorâ€™s eyes, establishing a continuous and playful relation, whose kaleidoscopic effect responds to Quinteroâ€™s interest in altering our perception as viewers. In his artwork, he inquires into the phenomena of light, color, movement and geometry in space, as well as the relations that shapes establish between each other through placement, form and color. He continuously establishes patterns to study proportions either by rupturing pure geometric shapes or by creating mandalas or more organic shapes.
Quintero graduated in 1986 as an Industrial Designer and is a self-taught artist. He began showcasing his works in 2001 and since then has exhibited in galleries in his native Venezuela, and in Colombia, United States and Italy. He participated in the First Emerging Art Biennial at the Museo de Arte ContemporÃ¡neo de Caracas in 2012. His work is represented in the collection of El Universal newspaper and in several private collections in Caracas.
About Art Nouveau Gallery
Art Nouveau Galeria was founded in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1987 by Elizabeth Hazim de Castillo and in 2010 she opened a space in Wynwood, Miami, known as Art Nouveau Gallery with her daughter in law and partner Georgina Chumaceiro. The gallery features modern and contemporary art focused on the geometric abstraction art, widely explored in Latin America, and ranges from emerging and mid-career artists to major historical art figures such as Carlos Cruz-Diez, JesÃºs Rafael Soto, John Henry, Julio Le Parc and Rogelio Polesello, among others.
Art Nouveau Gallery Miami, apart from a strong secondary market, represents highly credentialed Latin American Geometric Abstraction artists such as Rafael Barrios, Joao Galvao, Arturo Quintero, PaÃºl Amundarain and Abel Ventoso.