Oswaldo Vigas


Paris 1959 – 1964



 Insecto II

“Insecto II” Oil on canvas 14.9 x 18.1 in, 1962


 OSWALDO VIGAS RETURNS TO MIAMI WITH A NEW SHOW:  “Vigas Informalista, Paris 1959-1964″Ascaso Gallery 2441 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127. This exhibition celebrates the work of the Venezuelan artist Oswaldo Vigas, whose work was acclaimed internationally for more than five decades as he exhibited at galleries throughout the world. Vigas, who died on April 22, 2014 at the age of 90, has been praised posthumously as a “colossus because through out his life he turned adversity into the fuel that propelled his creativity” (Susana Benko, ArtNexus). “Vigas Informalista, Paris 1959-1964″ presents over fifty paintings and works on paper from the artist’s second period of work in Paris, which began in late 1958 after a prolonged stay in Venezuela and ended with his return to his native country in mid-1964. Many works in this show have not been previously exhibited, or have not been seen for many years. This exhibition follows the 2013 “Vigas Constructivista” at the same gallery. Vigas’s paintings from the period under investigation reveal his interest in abstract expressionism and lyrical abstraction, while remaining distinct from the works he created in the years before and after. In 1957, the artist described his style as follows: “[a] system of signs and symbols, a personal way of conceiving objects, figures, planes of color, lines, spaces,” hence pointing to the heterogeneity of his artistic langauge, which relied on a complex matrix of referents and modes of expressions. While critics have often focused on Vigas’s continuous interest in his unique artistic heritage reaching back to pre-Columbian art, they have also praised his daring fusion of abstraction with figuration as modern expression sui generis. Vigas’s approach to art paralleled that of the artists often referred to as second-generation Abstract Expressionists, and in France, that of the proponents of lyrical abstraction, who were dissatisfied with the growing presence of pop art and New Realism, as well as with a conceptual push toward neo-dada in the late 1950s and early 1960s.Among the works presented in this show are Naciente I and Gemini, both from 1962, and Vuelo ígneo, 1963.  As the exhibition curator Dr. Marek Bartelik explains, “the two former works display Vigas’s subtle interplay of figuration with abstraction, which had become his signature style by then; the latter is a prime example of gestural abstraction, which in the context of American art, puts him closer to Cy Twombly than to Jackson Pollock; at the same time, these works reveal Vigas’s fascination with the ‘primordial’ aspects of art, similar to that expressed in works of Jean Dubuffet and the CoBrA group.” The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue, in which Dr. Bartelik discusses Vigas’s art in the context of the artistic life in Paris in the late 1950s and the early 1960s. “Vigas Informalista, Paris 1959-1964″ will be open to the public from November 20th, 2014 to February 28th, 2015.
For more information and press photographs contact us at                                          
Ascaso Gallery
2441 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, Fl 33127
Tel: (305)5719410 / (305)5719411


Oswaldo Vigas in his atelier-apartment at “Hotel D’aubusson” París, 1963Photo archive of Oswaldo Vigas Foundation

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