Revenge of the Bulls
Exhibition on view May 13 - May 28, 2013
These paintings represent the latest iteration of the "Revenge of the Bulls" series by the artist Andrés García-Peña. The series initially began in 1993 in Barcelona, Spain. It was sparked by childhood memories of a bird’s-eye-view from an Aunt’s balcony overlooking the Plaza Santa Maria in Bogotá, Colombia. This latest interpretation continues to see the matador avenged among a rabble of carousing bulls. The artist has incorporated vibrant colors and his brushwork has achieved a painterly gestural manner.
"Andrés García-Peña started his career in New York City as a muralist and prominent figure in the East Village art scene of the Eighties. Since then he has lived and worked in Barcelona, and currently keeps his studio in Brooklyn. World renown as the "Central Park Gondolier," García-Peña has exhibited internationally, with solo shows in Mexico, Colombia, Holland, Spain, Sweden and throughout the United States.
García-Peña's paintings, rich narratives woven in broad cultural tapestries, are overflowing with a love of life- from a passion for its absurd pathos to a deeper appetite for its more carnal delights. A poetics of time and place, García-Peña's art is strung between the street vernacular of the urban world and the more subtle mysteries of the land. García-Peña slips between the chaotic extremes of our cultural schizophrenia, creating seamlessly fluid epics in which impossible juxtapositions and fantastical whimsies float in a suspension of belief. Here the transgressive is a metaphor for the sublime and the quotidian a means to mesmeric hallucination." - Carlo McCormick