Antonio and Limari Ascaso
request the pleasure of your company
to a conversation with the artist
Oswaldo Vigas and the opening reception of his first solo show in Miami

Vigas Constructivista. Paris 1953 – 1957

Curated by Bélgica Rodriguez
Wednesday November 28, 6 – 9 pm

At 6 pm. Carol Damian, Frost Art Museum Director, will moderate a conversation with curator Bélgica Rodriguez and the artist about the work he created in the decade of the fifties in Paris where he discovered Picasso, his Cubism and many other trends, and became acquainted with artists who had their own styles of abstract geometric art, including Dewasne, Vasarely, Herbin, Léger; Lam and Matta among others. Reception to follow.

2441 NW 2nd Ave.
Miami, Fl. 33127
305 571 9410



Oswaldo Vigas (1926 - )
Formas Tensionales VII, 1955
Gouache and ink on card gued on plywood
Gouache y tinta sobre cartulina pegado sobre contraenchapado
30 x 22in / 76 x 56 cm

Oswaldo Vigas ( 1926 - )
VIGAS Constructivista
November 28, 2012 – February, 2013

 “Since he started out as an artist, Oswaldo Vigas has thought about abstractions, rather than images as such. These abstractions do not seek aesthetic justifications beyond themselves. Rather, they are self-contained artistic expressions that dialogue with artistic and historical concepts in tune with explicitly aesthetic concerns which —when considered from the formalist critical approach that is so condemned today— situate his work as a unique expressive, representative and organic form of visual writing.

"...The decade of the fifties signaled a change in the life and work of this prolific Venezuelan artist. In 1952 he travelled to Paris, excited by the three prizes he had been awarded in the Salón Oficial Anual de Arte and by the success of his first retrospective show at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Caracas, the most important in Venezuela, which covered ten years of what would become a successful career as an artist. In Paris, a mecca for international artists at the start of the twentieth century, Vigas encountered a dynamic, active and cosmopolitan scene bubbling over with experimentation and the quest to develop new approaches to art. There, Vigas discovered Picasso, his Cubism and many other trends, and created a new framework for his work by adapting abstract and Constructivist trends that he would channel into figurative and abstract works for which his signature style still provided an identifiable substratum. In his series Objetos negros (Black Objects), Formas tensionales (Tense Forms) and Proyectos para murales (Projects for Murals) his abstract and geometric style took on a more radical form; however, it was not rigid but instead was infused with highly charged emotions...

Oswaldo Vigas (1926 - )
Proyecto para mural rojo, 1953
Oil on card glued on plywood
Oleo sobre cartulina pegada sobre contraenchapado
29.4 x 42 in / 75 x 107 cm

"...Once he reached Paris, and without wasting any time, Vigas became acquainted with artists who had their own styles of abstract geometric art, including Jean Dewasne, Victor Vasarely, August Herbin and Fernand Léger; the Latin American artists Wifredo Lam and Roberto Matta; and the sculptors Antoine Pevsner, Baltazar Lobo, Jean Arp, Robert Jacobsen and Henry Laurens, who were all prominent figures in the city’s cultural scene at that time. This period spans three intense years (1953-56 approximately). It is important to recall the peak of interest in geometric abstract art in Venezuela during the fifties, when many artists sought out conceptual and universal themes as the only way to free the nation’s painting from the hegemony of landscape painting by working with ideas that could only be expressed through geometric abstract art. This was the time of the Taller Libre de Arte in Caracas (Free Art Workshop), which questioned Venezuelan art and promoted a more universal approach. In 1957 Vigas returned to Venezuela during the zenith of abstract art, but he did not submit to local trends and continued to follow his own path…” Bélgica Rodriguez, Curator

About Ascaso Gallery

Galeria de Arte Ascaso was founded in Valencia, Venezuela in 1989 by Antonio Ascaso and Limari Ramirez de Ascaso. In 2002 they opened a branch in Caracas and in 2010 a new space, Ascaso Gallery, in Wynwood Arts District, Miami, bringing propositions of diverse backgrounds of Latin American art, with monographic and thematic exhibitions new to audiences in the United States. Ascaso Gallery supports public art projects and publications.

A very important accomplishment of Ascaso Gallery has been the production of museum quality catalogues and publications of the artists represented. Ascaso Gallery works directly with the artists, coordinating exhibitions in the gallery as well as in other institutions, representing them in international art affairs such as FIA Caracas since1992, Art Miami since 2000, ArtBo since 2007


2441 NW 2nd Ave.

Miami, Fl. 33127

305 571 9410

Regular Hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 10 - 6

Second Saturdays: 4.30 - 10 (Wynwood Gallery Walks)


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