REVE

(May 21 - June 15, 2013)

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In What or Whom Do You Want to Believe Today?
Oil on canvas. 140 x 140 cm. 2012
In What or Whom Do You Want to Believe Today? Allman Brothers and Some Flyers Outside Some Old House in Barranco A Day in the Life

ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the exhibition UN DÍA EN LA VIDA by RENZO NÚÑEZ MELGAR VEGA, alias REVE, made up of ten pieces showing the artist’s distinctive musical imaginary and simbolism, next Tuesday, May 21. REVE (Lima, 1982). Studied at the Escuela Nacional Superior Autónoma de Bellas Artes of Peru from 2002 to 2006, graduating with the Silver Medal in Painting. He has held three solo shows: “Toma Urbana n1” (“Urban Occupation No. 1) and “Toma Urbana n2” (“Urban Occupation No. 2) at Galería 80m2, in 2007 and 2008, respectively; and “Lima Rock City” in the Sala de Arte de Viajes el Corte Inglés in 2011. He has also taken part in numerous collective shows at prestigious cultural centers and galleries in Lima, Peru, Germany, Spain, and England. Of this latest show by REVE, Manuel Antonio Lizárraga notes: “(…) using a series of figures and landscapes that lurk in his imaginary, which may or may not be real, contemporary or past, natural or urban, the author transgresses the canons of rock ‘n’ roll’s visual/musical culture in order to shatter them and create alongside them, offering his marvelously real version of the music he hears. For such effects of appropriation, he includes iconographic elements present in his universe, for which reason he considers them his own. Thus, he imagines them in everday scenes in order to construct—to paint—a psychedelic urban universe both hybrid and mestizo, in which his musical models lose, although never quite completely, the rigidity of their initial schemes, after which the artist reconfigures them with a certain freedom and subjectivity. To achieve this, he makes use of common elements that may be easily recognized by him and us (his audience). As part of this visual framework, note, for example, how the psychedelics of Hendrix from his album ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ are invaded by the Chimu tumi and the face of Sarita Colonia, both under the rays of the Apu Qontiki Wiraqocha (the Incan god of the setting sun).”