“Like most young artists graduated from the plastic arts school of Caracas in those times, Bellorín is figurative. Arriving to Paris in 1961, he started a fruitful journey throughout the historical European avant-garde currents, analyzing the novelty of their approaches and proposals, and profiting from what he found convenient in order to nourish the acquired knowledge of his first educational period. Interested in cubism, he worked the limits of abstraction and figuration, which resulted in an important body of pieces showing the quest for his own aesthetics. Returning to Maracaibo in 1965, he resumed his plastic work, but he invested a good part of his time in teaching and the intellectual and artistic enrichment of the active art scene of the city.
According to the artist, the deeply geometrical series he is exhibiting this 2016 began in 2012, becoming totally defined between 2014 and 2016. Following a logical sequence, the “geometrical rigor” is the leading concept of the core process and development of his work.
In the series Geometrical contrast, Bellorín radically drops the accessory and anecdotic possibilities, as in Geometrical contrast #12 and #13. His purpose is to move away from the conventional geometry start point, perhaps reminding of Pierre Francastel, whose theories he has studied, when he stated that “the only reality of art are the works; never the models or the sources of inspiration”. (Excerpts from catalogue essay “Francisco Bellorín, a new aesthetic challenge”, by Curator Dr. Bélgica Rodriguez)
About the Gallery:
Art Nouveau Galería was founded in Maracaibo, Venezuela in 1987 by Elizabeth Hazim de Castillo and opened a branch in Wynwood, Miami in 2010. 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 Cruz Diez and Jesús Rafael Soto.
These artists have exhibited widely in museums and institutions in Venezuela, but for many mid-career Venezuelan artists, Art Nouveau Gallery contributes to achieve international recognition, and they are regularly included in prestigious art fairs as Art Miami since 1992, FIA Caracas since 1999 and The Armory Show since 2012.
Art Nouveau Gallery works directly with their artists, coordinating exhibitions in Maracaibo and Miami galleries. Art Nouveau Gallery supports public art projects and publications, such as the Rafael Barrios project, where together with The Fund for Park Avenue and the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation, Venezuelan artist Barrios installed 9 Sculptures in Park Avenue New York from 51st St to 67th St, from March to June, 2012.