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Raúl Lara


Painting, Acrylic on Paper

Size: 15.7 W x 19.7 H x 1.1 D in

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This is an experimental series where I seek to deconstruct painting in the same way that a chef does in modern cuisine, transforming the ingredients of a traditional dish into other textures, shapes and temperatures without breaking the flavors and harmonies of the ingredients. I achieve this deconstruction of art by combining the two main concepts of my work, painting and image transfer through photography. What I do first is a classic realistic painting on canvas and photograph it. Then I transfer that photograph printed on paper with gesso to another canvas, which is the final canvas. My recent work speaks of the diversity of masks we wear, of how to be oneself while being many different people at the same time, of what we think we are but which varies constantly, of what we show we are versus what we often carry inside. This is represented in this work in which all the elements have been modified in its form, because it is not really the painting or the transfer that is seen, but a concealment of what it really is, a classic oil painting that is not really painted on the canvas. Before this process I add a touch of color with acrylic paint being really the only painting that is on the canvas.

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Painting:Acrylic on Paper

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Size:15.7 W x 19.7 H x 1.1 D in

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Raúl Lara Naranjo (Morón de la Frontera, Seville, Spain, (1980). Like every child, Raúl showed determination in his first scribbles and soon his parents observed how he spent hours in front of hundreds of papers that he painted and painted, doing everything kind of drawings. That motivated him to be enrolled in painting classes at an academy at the age of 9 so that he could learn about the fundamentals of pictorial art. Thanks to these classes, he began in the oil technique and began to make his first paintings for family and friends, always in small formats. From that moment his training has been self-taught, guided by inspiration, by the hours and hours in front of countless canvases, by the readings he has done, by videos, online information ... Almost all his knowledge about painting has been the result of his interest, his passion, his curiosity and desire to learn, and above all, his innate quality for painting. Now in his maturity, not only vital but pictorial, he manages to capture in his painting all that learning, which continues to develop day by day, In the beginning, his painting was always classic and realistic: seascapes, still lifes, Andalusian patios ... Little by little, always self-taught and inspired by contemporary artists, he began to explore more modern techniques, alternating various media such as oils, acrylics, pastels or various inks up to the transfer of images, with which he achieves that characteristic result that gives his work that unique appearance. greater expressiveness to the paintings and alternating various mediums such as oils, acrylics, pastels or various inks. Artist statement My recent work explores the two parts that we all have, the "I" that we show and the interior, the one that only we fully know, the hidden one. Mark Twain said that every man is a moon with a hidden face that never shows anyone. I represent this on the canvas first whistling in a more or less classic way, using oils and acrylics, this would be the face we show. Once finished and properly dried, I transfer the image used as a painting motif onto the canvas, resulting in a black and white image. This creates a work that navigates between color and black and white, the thin and smooth layer of paint versus the textured and broken caused by the transfer of the image and the mediums used for the same.

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