Latin American Masters gallery presents an exhibition of recent paintings by Fernando de Szyszlo, one of the foremost artists to emerge from post-world war Latin America. The exhibition includes selections from the artist's 2005 retrospective at Palacio de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, as well as new work, never before exhibited.


Szyszlo's art hovers in the twilight between figuration and abstraction. His paintings evoke the still, monumental, power of Pre-Hispanic forms, while suggesting the dynamic, often violent, energies at their poetic and spiritual core. The darker energies of Szyszlo's art are counterbalanced by his love of texture, color, and pattern. The tendency towards decoration is rooted in Szyszlo's appreciation of Pre-Hispanic textiles. Whatever the imagery, whether moving towards figuration or abstraction, the drama under-pinning Szyszlo's painting is invariably centered in the tensions of physical and spiritual transformation, death and erotic ritual.


Born in Lima, Peru, in 1925, Fernando de Szyszlo has exhibited at important venues worldwide, among them: the Venice Biennial; the Sao Paolo Biennial; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Art Institute, Chicago; and Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City.


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