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01/19/2021 - 03/06/2021

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Still I'll Rise
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Anne de Villepoix’s Gallery is honored to present the first solo show of Armando Mariño « Still I’ll Rise ».


 


Born in Cuba in 1968, Armando Mariño is an artist who intersects different worlds and merges contrasting traditional and contemporary visual languages. A compulsive and curious traveler, he began his exploration of Europe with the Netherlands and then France. Later on, his travels to the U.S.A led to his discovery and enchantment with the Hudson Valley and eventually New York, where he decided to settle.


 


In this intimate exhibition at the Anne de Villepoix gallery, the important paintings of the artist are dominated by colour and mystery.


 


In fact, Armando Mariño’s works are characterized by a strong and saturated colour palate, inspired by magazines, digital iconography and the nuances that glow from our screens.


 


Much like the artistic movements of the beginning of the XX century, notably Fauvism and Die Brücke, Mariño puts colour at the forefront. He creates a visual tension in his use of contrast between the reds, greens, yellows and blues. This effect is so strong that Mariño creates each of his works with multiple layers of oil paint, often with cadmium yellow or orange at the base, delicately layered over until the shine is achieved. His expressionist touch allows for thick halos to appear and his use of multicolour outlines the somewhat violent but spectacular atmosphere.


 


In the tradition of the Nabis paintings, this substance is amplified by a game of scale and of concentration; the works of sizes and the subjects are depicted in close-up as if they are practicing an exercise of mental focus.


 


Behind the rich palate of colors, associated with a quantity of plastic effects, emerge wild landscapes comparable to the tree scenes of Daniel Richter. Within, sublime characters inhabit the canvas and seem to originate from ephemeral dream landscapes, surreal visions, and from desires.


 


Each work, a danse of impassioned shades, is possessed by a different master. Warriors, sorcerers, nymphs and spirits reveal themselves submitting to voodoo rituals. Awoken by trade winds, the fire crackles and the metamorphoses gush to the hectic shamanic rhythm of the drums. The artist immerses us into this mysterious, Eden-like tropic where the first men drew their energy from these mythical jungles.


 


The title of the exhibition “Still Rise” is drawn from a poem of the same name, written in 1978 by the female poet Maya Angelou. This moving text, communicates the militant will of the Afro-American artist, fighting against the erasure of his culture and identity.


 


The artist relates to this fighting spirit to defend his status as an artist in the context of an uncertain and unsettling period in the United States, to fight against segregation and for the survival of his creations/creativity.


 


In search of spirituality, this colorful poet, tormented and visionary creates a vibrant and symbolic oeuvre. The harsh glow of his colors engulfs us and manage to awaken our collective consciousness within the “strange music that emanates and deafens under the death of night.


 


Armando Mariño studied in Santiago de Cuba (“Joaquin Tejada” art school), then in Havana (Department of artistic education of the pedagogical institute “Enrique Jose Varona”) between the years 1980 and 1990, to then perfect his artistic talent in the Academy of Beaux-arts in Amsterdam. Armando Mariño’s talent is appreciated throughout the world. He has had the honor of entering remarkable collections such as the Fondation Coca-Cola, Deutsche Bank, the De Nederlandsche Bank, the Shelley Collection and Donald Rubin and others. He has taken part in individual exhibitions and collective ones in galleries and museums in New York, Paris, Copenhagen, Ontario and Madrid.


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