Carlos Oviedo’s colorful artworks are a dynamic mix of shapes, abundant colors, impeccable realist techniques and long hours of work. In speaking about his 361° series shown here, Oviedo explains: “360° completes a circle. 361° is an art journey”: the result of the artist’s analysis and exploration of the techniques he once set out to master.
While his grid-based paintings are inspired by Piet Mondrian’s 1930s geometric Compositions, his work most certainly harkens back to Pop Art, with its bold colors, graphic lines and imagery reminiscent of Warhol. Due to the core graphic properties of each piece the result is incredibly eye-catching. Exploring the limits of realistic representation, Oviedo’s 361° series is an artistic discourse on the irony of the processed image in a world of duplication, retouching andphotoshop; and in a North American Art Market saturated with Warholian prints. Yet Oviedo’s technique also brings an interesting and important twist: the introduction of a most noble and notoriously difficult medium: Oil Painting. He uses Old Master Ingres’ “Grisaille” technique (oil painting in shades of grey) in order to achieve a high degree of Realism, recalling the look of vintage Sepia photography. A return to a classic technique pushed to the highest degree of perfection, Oviedo’s paintings are delicate masterful originals.
Conceptually hs work can be described as a study of social icons and celebrity culture. It is an exploration of icons so powerful yet so fragile at the same time. The fragility of these idols in popular culture is represented here in many ways. Elvis is shattered like a mirror. Michael Jackson bathes in the balmy light of his tender years. Forever young. Johnny Depp and Kate Moss have many facets: some hidden, some exposed, some fake and some real, some implied and some imagined. Oviedo’s lines create shapes that break up the image in pieces, which become reflectors of these social icons. These reflectors recall the media surrounding celebrities, the paparazzi, the flashes, the photos by the million. They also challenge the representation of self and identity of celebrities, and the many public faces they bear. Marilyn seems to be asking “Am I real? Is this one more of me?”.
Carlos Oviedo is a master painter born in Mexico in 1970, who started painting as a child. He studied Graphic Design at the Universidad de las Américas, Puebla (Mexico) and went on to study Contemporary Art and the work of the Great Masters in the USA, where he found the motivation and encouragement to pursue his talent and further develop his technique. After many laboring years of practice, Oviedo’s work has reached excellence and bears the mark of true mastery. His work is included in important collections across the globe, including the USA, Greece, Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Puerto Rico, and many more countries in Latin America. He is represented in Central Florida by Jai Gallery.