“I do not work in black and white; I work with light – which gathers together all the colors of the prism – or with its absence.”
April 18 – July 13
“For Dynamic Sphere, Ramírez continues with his process of investigating the sphere, the behavior of light, the line, the reticle, and the phenomenon of optical perception in the viewer. From a young age, his formal concern has been the division of the plane into parallel lines as well as diagonals, in an attempt to create new spaces of perception in the spectator’s gaze. For this exhibition – his second solo show in the United States – he gathers eighteen pieces, each one composed of two Plexiglas planes facing one another and separated by a small distance, which constitutes the same structure on which he bases the bulk of his work. This way, he experiments with the apparent movement produced by the effect of the superimposed lines, offering viewer a large number of possibilities, drawing thin lines that create a virtual illusion of volume, continually changing the perception of the work through the viewer’s motion in front of it.(…)” Amalia Caputo, catalog essay.
About the Artist
Ramirez comes from a strong tradition of abstract geometry and optical art. He believes that Kinetic art in Venezuela has left an important trace in our collective memories, and has devoted his career as an artist to the study of the line as the leading element of his work. He is interested in the phenomenon of optical vibration. By working with the line as the base of his work and the shape of the sphere, he creates unique dimensions through the superimposition of layers of transparent acetates. Ramírez creates dynamic moving impressions depending on the viewpoint and the active gaze of the spectator, leaving a sense of movement with the viewer, much like a moiré effect.
Ramírez began working as a young apprentice in the studios of artists Secundino Rivera, Biaggio Campanella and Cornelius Zitman, in Venezuela. He then studied drawing, painting and design at the Instituto de Artes Plásticas Armando Reverón, at the “Federico Brandt” Fine Art School, the Rómulo Gallegos Fine Art School and further silkscreen and photo silkscreen seminars at the Carlos Cruz-Diez Musem all in Caracas. Currently he works at the Atelier of Carlos Cruz-Diez. He has held two solo exhibitions at Art Nouveau Gallery, in Maracaibo and in Miami and several group exhibitions since 2003. Lives and works in Caracas.
About Art Nouveau Gallery
Art Nouveau Galería 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, Jesus 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, Milton Becerra, Hector Ramirez and Abel Ventoso.