GERARDO CHÁVEZ

(December, 3- January, 22, 2013)

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Grease pastel on canvas. 74 x 95 cm. 1977
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ENLACE ARTE CONTEMPORÁNEO Gallery (Av. Pardo y Aliaga 676, San Isidro) announces the opening of the solo exhibition of Peruvian master GERARDO CHÁVEZ, next Tuesday, December 3 at 7.30 p.m. Gerardo Chávez is one of Peru’s most important contemporary visual artists. His oeuvre, of a clearly surrealist bent, brings together odd-looking objects and figures that are intertwined, whether provocatively or aggressively, recreating pieces that exalt man and his nature. In the words of the artist himself: “… You can’t talk about painting, you just have to do it. Especially when it stems from an intuitive, random, almost animalistic encounter, where form and color become icons of imagination. Currently, my work involves beings whose memory transports us to the first eve of all existence, returning to the amorphous to discover, in evolution, their new morphology. It touches on Altamira, Lascaux, Tassili, Easter Island, and primitive art that describes to us the simplicity and purity of expression inherent to ancient man, who tells of hunts, figures, and tender beasts of the past. Forms that were admired and disrupted in the early twentieth century by our greatest artists, such as Modigliani, Brancusi, Picasso, Matisse, Giacometti, and others who succeeded in looking with eyes wide open at that universal discourse. It goes without saying that my current work takes refuge in ancestral memory as a way of evoking a present…” Gerardo Chávez (La Libertad, Peru, 1937). Studied at the Escuela Nacional Superior de Bellas Artes in Lima. In 1962, while living in Italy, he met Roberto Matta, who encouraged him to travel to Paris, where Chávez later came into contact with Wifredo Lam and other Latin American artists. He has participated in numerous biennales, such as those of Paris (1959), Venice (1966), São Paulo (1987), and the Dominican Republic. (1996). The Museo de Arte Italiano in Lima (1981), the Long Beach Museum of Latin American Art in Los Ángeles (1998), and the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano in Lima (2001) have held retrospective exhibitions of his oeuvre. His works form part of important private and museum collections in Europe and the Americas. In 1983, he organized the First Trujillo Biennale, a landmark in the development of modern art in Peru. In 2000, he won the Premio Teknoquímica. That same year, he also organized an exhibition in homage to Roberto Matta at the Museo de Artes Visuales in Santiago, Chile. Recently, in 2006, he inaugurated the first Peruvian museum of modern art in the city Trujillo, where his work and part of his private collection is on display. On this occasion, “El pasado presente” (“The Present Past”) will bring together a series of his most emblematic works, made between 1960 and 1980, two decades in which Chávez used grease pastel as one of his predilect pigments. The exhibition may be viewed through January 22, 2014, from Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. No entry fee.