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About the World of Arturo Correa by Carmen Adelina Pinto

Ascaso Gallery, always pioneering yesterday’s and today’s talents, presents next May 20th the most recent works by Venezuelan-American artist Arturo Correa at its spaces in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District.
Searching is a show comprising 24 medium-and-large-format works, revealing Correa’s intense and painstaking labor dedicated to explore the chaos of human nature through painting, in a constant quest to fathom the mysteries of life.
„Deemed a respectable artist in the plenitude of his career, Arturo Correa legitimately carries the torch and follows the path of late 20th and early 21st century post-modernist masters such as Bob Rauschenberg, David Salle, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Francesco Clemente. As a true bicultural artist, having now spent an equal number of years immersed in the culture of Venezuela and the United States, Correa successfully lays bridges and fully integrates the aesthetic vibe and philosophies of both countries. His personal vision—his intent—is indeed to communicate visually a new awareness of the everyday world around us.” These are the words of the renowned art researcher and curator Barbara Anderson Hill in the catalog supporting Searching. It is worth mentioning that Hill has held important positions in such cultural institutions as Von Liebig Art Center, Naples and Edison-Ford Winter Estates Foundation, Fort Myers, and has been manager of various remarkable art projects across the state of Florida.
The exhibition’s title is not at all casual: it is an accurate response to Correa’s profound and intense investigations and his strenuous work throughout his artistic career, immersed in a perennial quest, both as a human being and an artist. This is a constant trait of his work: “right since we are born our life is a search… for air to breath, food to satisfy hunger, company so as not to be lonely, faith before desolation, and even in death we yearn for eternal life… The work grows in me every day, and this explains the diversity of objects and elements thereof. Life is but an immense collage in front of our eyes for us to put it together, to interiorize the parts and experience them.”
In fact, in Arturo Correa’s paintings, whether on canvas or wood, a particular aesthetic language can be perceived, resulting from a colorful mixture of figuration and abstraction, in their form as well as their concept, related to the combination of his Latin American roots and the Anglo American side of his personality. In his proposals, the artist amalgamates his proficient technique with the depth of his emotions poured on the vast backgrounds of his paintings, and his brushstrokes and the objects he sometimes incorporates, even in the lines that delimit them... From the canvases and woods that support Correa’s imagery burst out elements of a major symbolic charge, immediately connected with the spectator. Materiality and spirituality, pain and love, yearning and hope, are all reflected in each one of his pieces. There is coherence in his plastic discourse, always full of questioning and conclusions...
Searching also appears as a sequence of Arturo Correa’s most recent individual show entitled STAGE 16, presented at the Sidney Berne Davis Art Center of Fort Myers in 2014. Five of the 24 pieces now shown by Ascaso Gallery come from the aforementioned exhibition.
The strategic assemblage, carried out by Ascaso Gallery’s team, leads the visitor across the different atmospheres created in each room. It turns out to be an appealing route, illustrative of the subtle variations experienced by the artist’s aesthetic narrative, from pieces highly charged with formats, textures and colors to his “cleaner” ones. As the spectator moves ahead, the work denudes itself of visual elements, until the series entitled Waterfalls, in clear allusion to the impressive cascades of the artist’s homeland, Venezuela. These formats include materials he has worked with in other pieces, and that he has assembled and incorporated into his plastic language: “The materials I work with are as important for me as my brushstrokes… the value of everything I use, no matter how small, lies in the life imbued in it.”
“Searching for Wonderland” and “Searching for Neverland” are works inspired by children’s stories where the quest plays the leading role. The first one represents the fantasy world behind the hole dug out by a rabbit, and the other one refers to the child inside each one of us who refuses to grow up. Arturo combines both stories and adapts them to the challenges and experiences of every day, thus implanting life in his canvases.
Donald Saff, artistic director of the Rauschenberg Overseas Culture Interchange (ROCI) project, points out that “Correa’s work is full of energy and commitment, and like a mirror reflecting social issues, has a profound resonance in those who wish to participate. The freshness underlying the beauty of the pieces is a magnificent conduit for dialog.”
Everything seems to point out that Arturo Correa’s proposal in Ascaso Gallery will not go unnoticed in Wynwood; quite on the contrary, it will be much talked about for his particular way to approach the work, the forcefulness of his formats and the colorfulness of the pieces exhibited.

Carmen Adelina Pinto - Miami, May 2016


 
"Searching" by Barbara Anderson Hill
Correa's reoccurring theme and exhibition title, "Searching", examines the chaotic nature of human existence and the continuing quest for greater understanding of life's mysteries.
ARTURO CORREA on Stage 16: Interview by Jade Dellinger
People, situations and events are presented to us every single day of our lives. It is like having a big stage right in front of our eyes in which we can not control situations, but we can certainly choose how to react to them...
At the edge of the horse by Bélgica Rodríguez
Arturo Correa portrays a different kind of beauty in his Caballos (Horses) series. These paintings are controlled by personal artistic rules and aesthetics determined by the imagination.
Paisajes de la nostalgia by Bélgica Rodríguez
Soon to be translated into English.
"Enredaderas" (climbing plants): The ethereal ivy of reason by Vanessa Gill
Agile and silent, the many arms of the climbing plants weave, interweave, unweave and weave again.
In Search of Significance by Zuleiva Vivas
The environment is now foggy and confusing our search for reality must turn inwards. This seems to be the guiding principle behind Arturo Correa's hands and thought.
Inaugurado salón nacional sobre papel por Vanessa Carreño
Soon to be translated into English.
Mi arte es un intento por pintar mi vida by Daniela Chirinos
Soon to be translated into English.
Sobre Papel by Daniela Chirinos
Soon to be translated into English.
Arturo Correa plantea un nuevo concepto en la pintura contemporánea
Soon to be translated into English.
Arturo Correa une sus puntos en sus "Paisajes de la Nostalgia" by Dubraska Falcón
Soon to be translated into English.
Los paisajes nostálgicos de Arturo Correa by Adriana Ciccaglione
Soon to be translated into English.
Arturo Correa hace de la vida un lienzo by Maritza Bacalao
Soon to be translated into English.
La Obra Postmodernista de Arturo Correa by Willy Aranguren
Soon to be translated into English.
A Mural Installation by Gary Alan Ruse
"I believe this is the first mural to be created in downtown Coral Gables," said Virginia Miller, owner and director of ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries.
Selections from the Permanent Collection: New Gifts
Selections from the Permanent Collection: New Gifts is a unique exhibition that allows the Amarillo Museum of Art to showcase new works of art acquired through gifts and purchases.
Arturo Correa inauguró 2007 en la Galería Braulio Salazar by Marisol Prada
Soon to be translated into English.
Arturo Correa: En Busca de un Significado by Armando Alvarez Bravo
Soon to be translated into English.
En "Enredaeras" intento pintar la vida by Alfredo Fermín
Soon to be translated into English.
La Calle de Arturo Correa by Arnaldo Rojas
Soon to be translated into English.
En la "GUBS" la obra de Arturo Correa by Marisol Prada
Soon to be translated into English.
Arturo Correa - Press releases
Press releases (2009 – 1995)