DISCIPLINA EN PINTURA Y ESCULTURA /Â DISCIPLINE IN PAINTING AND SCULPTURE
â€œIt is not uninteresting to see how the luxuriant nature of the American continent, its intense baroque style and its magical realism have engendered a movement as rigorous as that of concrete abstract art. The asceticism of this artistic tendency seems to contradict the eloquence characteristic of everything American which manifested itself since the florid times of the chroniclers, passing through modernism until the present day. Nevertheless, that is how it has been. In Uruguay and Argentina, where the â€œMadÃâ€ movement was born; in Venezuela, where cybernetics and optical art came into their own; in Brazil, mother country of concrete poetry; or in Colombia, where the abstraction represented by Eduardo RamÃrez Villamizar and Fanny Sanin, among others, has flourishedâ€Â Carlos Luis
Eduardo RamÃrez VillamizarÂ (1923 â€“ 2003). He started out as an expressionist, a trend he left behind in 1950 in Paris when discovered new geometric abstractionist trends. After going through a transition where geometry and the figurative style merged, he carried out in 1955 the first non-objective mural that was made in Colombia. In 1959, he received first prize in painting at the XII National Artists Fair with the piece Horizontal en blanco y negro, and that same year he made the mural Relieve dorado at the head office of Banco de BogotÃ¡, a piece of large dimensions which clearly alluded to pre-Columbian designs. As a sculptor, he used wood, plexiglass and iron (painted until 1984, oxidized henceforth).
Fanny SanÃnÂ ( 1938 – ). Fanny SanÃn has created a sort of counterpoint between the anticipated and the unexpected. The anticipated represents in her paintings the meticulous labor she has invested in carrying out her compositions. Fanny SanÃn, then, belongs to the great tradition of abstract painters who, making reference to what Leonardo labeled ostinato rigore, chose the route of mental painting just as the legendary Leonardo himself requested. But, oddly, the great Renaissance figure also advised to discover the creative possibilities of a floor stain. The unexpected, then, follows along behind rigor. I feel that the great polyphony of colors in Fanny SanÃnâ€™s painting, whose richness may be seen in the plumage of native American birds, produces a different kind of effect: the unexpected effect of the magic that is hidden in them. In this way, Fanny SanÃn does not stray from a trajectory filled with illustrious footprints. C.L. Colombian artist Fanny SanÃn lives and works in New York.
About Durban Segnini Gallery
Durban – Segnini Gallery was founded in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1970 and in Miami, USA in 1992, by its present director and owner Cesar Segnini. It specializes in contemporary painting and sculpture, emphasizing in artists who have worked with abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction and kinetic art.
Simultaneously, the Gallery strives to promote and diffuse new artistic values as well as the historical vanguards that have influenced them. Exhibitions are open to the public all year round in their galleries in Caracas, Venezuela, and Miami, Florida, which includes the Coral Gables Gallery and the newly opened space in the Wynwood District of Miami, an area where a group of major international galleries have concentrated.
Worldwide, Durban – Segnini Gallery is known for its expertise in such areas as the integration of artworks to architectural spaces as well as for its customized cnsultant services to private collections.