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Belle Èpoques, the eternal dance of Past, Present & Future Painting

Luis Lopez


Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 61 W x 86.6 H x 0.8 D in

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About The Artwork

The painting is made with acrylic on a streched canvas. Big format scale Past, present and future find themselves dancing in some kind of ritual in the same black circle. In my painting they have become "friends" by need, always dancing and having fun together but this is just an appearance. The past is represented with spines all over his body, a symbolism of his struggles in life, he usually has a very agitated and grumpy temperament. In my painting he looks desperate pointing his finger to the future, accusing him of something we don´t know well. On the contrary, the future is represented with a helmet, a symbol of protection, trying to run away, willing to escape and always looking forward without any secure path. The future is a very unpredictable guy. He is always attached to the middle character that simbolizes the present. He´s pointing his finger back at the past also as accusing him of something unclear. Past and future never get along too well, they live their eternal dancing lives accusing each other. The character in the middle is eternally caught between past and future trying to make a balance between them. He represents the present and he's a very unsecured guy searching always for security. He's giving us the back ignoring that he's the present moment, he lives he's life always looking at the past and future and always depending on them to keep the rhythm of the eternal dance. He lives emerged between past and future forgetting constantly that he's in charge of his own destiny. This remind us of what a wise men called Horace advised us: "Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero", which is often translated as "Seize the day, put very little trust in tomorrow (the future)". The past is gone and future is uncertain! Better to live the present moment! .

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:61 W x 86.6 H x 0.8 D in

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I was born in Puerto Rico and I currently live in Germany between the cities of Berlin and Hamburg. I studied Art at the University of Puerto Rico and the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain. My work is often intertwined with feelings of ambivalence and metaphorical confrontations. I try to challenge our visual perceptions and our daily routine with a playful irony based on symbols and images, and how other poetic forms of visualization can be reached through them. My pieces are a kind of poetic transducer of modern collective isolation, existential questioning and the displacement of the individual in spaces and situations where uncertainty is an intrinsic part of the work itself. Themes such as the ambiguity of life, poetry, dreams, time, philosophy, literature and man's struggle to survive in his environment are very essential elements of my work. In my case, a painting can take many forms and meanings, while I am in the process of painting, the work slowly metamorphoses and evolves, until it reaches the point of being "finished". In most of my pieces, the result of each work is completely different from what I had in mind at the beginning and that is what I like about painting and drawing, spontaneity, fluidity, not forcing anything but being authentic. In the end, I firmly believe that the work should speak for itself from the moment it leaves the studio. Like a scare in the dark that seizes the viewer and immobilizes him, the work has to create a profound sensation. That is what I try in some way, consciously or unconsciously, to achieve with each of my pieces, to make the viewer think, to put them in a situation of analysis and reaction.

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