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Neophotorealism, my recent work, speaks of the diversity of masks that we wear, of how to be oneself while being many different people at the same time, of what we believe we are but that varies constantly, of what we show that we are against what we often carry inside us. The face we show is represented on the canvas with a color figure painted with oils and acrylics made in a classical way, on which I transfer the broken image of our hidden self, a black and white figure wrapped by textures and reliefs, thus creating two figures that merge and blend into one. The transferred image is pre-printed on paper and then transferred with gesso onto the oil figure. When the paper is dry, it is completely removed, leaving the image impregnated in the gesso with those textures and roughness that the paper has given it. It is popularly said that we are constructions of our environment and that we mold ourselves to it according to the circumstances. What I seek with my work is that it resonates with the interior of each person, with their stages of overcoming or with their internal conflicts, something in which everyone can see themselves represented as I see myself, that sometimes we are able to overcome those circumstances and bring out the other me that we carry inside, which in my case was the artist and go from being that person with that traditional life that worked in his family business to being the person I am today.
Print:Giclee on Fine Art Paper
Size:9 W x 12 H x 0.1 D in
Size with Frame:14.25 W x 17.25 H x 1.2 D in
Ready to Hang:Yes
Packaging:Ships in a Box
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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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