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A picture's day at the "Conventillo" Painting

Ricardo Lapin


Painting, Ink on Canvas

Size: 21.7 W x 17.7 H x 0.8 D in

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"Conventillo" is a word used to describe the houses where the poor immigrants lived at the beginning of XX century when they first arrived to Buenos Aires, but they were once great mansions. In the case of my parents it was at the late 50's when they rented our house, big and full of rooms but very old. It had beautiful Carrara marble stairs but, on the other side, no hot water. It was a worker's home, with one of the rooms with 4 sewing machines working till night. At my childhood photographs were an attribute of festivities: birthdays, anniversaries, family events. One day I return from school and my parents said me "Stand there, it's a pictures day today!!" They bought a little Swiss camera Regula and all were very exited with the toy. Many decades after that sunny day, I found the black & white picture. I did a photocopy for recreate the memories & feelings of that day, 50 years before. On a canvas I glued thin papers and the photocopy, and then I begin to draw and paint with India ink, colour inks and some touch of watercolour & gouache. Remembering the old walls, the coloured glass around the hallways, the handmade tiles...a happy moment and a celebration without special causes. The little happy moments that must be documented.

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Painting:Ink on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:21.7 W x 17.7 H x 0.8 D in

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Ricardo Lapin is a plastic artist based in Israel. He was born at Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1961. At age 16 he left to Israel at the times of Military "Junta". He began to study oil painting at age 10, and this discipline become a way of life: with more knowledge & experience, it continues till today. My Artist Statement: Art is a meeting between the individual and the universal, question marks about the human soul. I believe that the artist must reflect the "Zeitgeist" of the period he works. My own struggles and dilemmas, the culture and environment in which I live are present in every piece of work. Painting for me is my inmost protected and stable place, like a priceless shelter. Always present, since my early childhood, despite changing situations and realities. A territory that can be built and changed endlessly, a meeting place for memories, fears, desires. Within the creative process everything has existence, without a name or definition, there is place where everything is possible and can be repaired. My work is born mainly from images, the imagery nurtured by experiences, stemming from memories and dreams, mine and from my family. The artist work examines and describes the existence of man in this world, allows the brave inquiring of actual and local values . Alongside the aesthetic expression, my works seek to examine the limits of justice and freedom, the meaning of life and death in a period of spiritual loss, depression and continuing devaluation of human lives. Images come to me. As waking up from a dream, I catch them by sketching, drawing them before they escape; after that I articulate them and find new related images, in an associative process. I can perceive that many images have an aroma of oral stories, memories, family legends, secret traumas. Sometimes they arrive from mystery and remain there, even when already painted. The final work is sometimes a kind of unfinished sentence, to be filled in by the public, in many surprising ways, sometimes very far from my associations & ideas during the creative process. It's always magic and truthful for me to realize about the multiple ways of reading my work.

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