artist: Manuel Quintana Castillo, born in Miranda, Venezuela, in 1928
signed and dated 2009
acrylic on canvas
147cm x 168cm / 58” x 66”
In 1974, Maestro Quintana Castillo retired from teaching to dedicate himself fully to the realization of his work: "Combining timeless, permanent symbols and forms, located in a plastic space subordinated to a sensitive, expressive geometry". Some Venezuelan critics have seen two key references in his work: that of cubism and that of black art. In his painting, the ethnic factor of African origin helps him in his search that not only refers to the aesthetic but to the sacred. For Manuel Quintana Castillo, cubism was a renewal of Western consciousness, through the assimilation of the primitive (not naive) intentions of black-African art. From the visual point of view, Quintana Castillo assigned to Cubism the objective of "treating the essential values ... line, value, colour; elimination of the Renaissance perspective, construction of space and form simultaneously, flat reconstruction of the image ... in a rhythmic organization in vertical and horizontal direction. "
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