Â â€œSince 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 â€”when considered from the formalist critical approach that is so condemned todayâ€” 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 SalÃ³n 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…
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