The most powerful influence in my development as an artist has been
my relationship with my dear friend, teacher, and mentor in life, Julio
Alpuy. Alpuy, from the original Joaquin Torres-García workshop,
El Taller Torres-García (the most significant art community of
its time in Latin America, 1943-1962) inspired my passion for painting.
My work is guided by the principals of abstraction; to simplify in order
to expose the subject’s essence. Though I may work from a model,
it is first and foremost a painting, separate from the model, constructed
with elements of line, tone, and form. The still life in a painting
is not merely an illusion of the real thing. It is transposed into a
plastic equivalent, therefore the painting itself takes on its own reality independent
from its inspiration.
Using a limited palette, I am forced to pay close attention to value.
Rather than attempting to imitate the exact color in a still life, for
example, I aim to capture the expression of that color.
I sometimes use a mathematical system of proportion called the Golden
Section in order to create even greater unity in my work. Much of the
great art of ancient cultures was constructive, based on a geometric
plan. This included Egyptian art with its pyramids, Gothic cathedrals,
Mayan art, and art of the Inca. This system of proportion was believed
to reflect the harmonic order of the universe and establishes unity
by relating the parts to each other and to the whole. I aim to create
a painting where all of the elements work together to form a new reality
of structural and tonal harmony.
art is able to express the essential truth of the model within the essential
realm of painting, it becomes both inventive and poetic, revealing a
metaphysical and spiritual dimension.
Note: Torres-García lived in Europe for many years and had been involed with most of the major avant-garde movements in Europe, co-founding an association of abstract painters that included Kandinsky and Mondrian. Later, Torres broke away from the Neo-Plastisism of Mondrian and developed what is known today as "Univeral Constructivism". In this style, Torres, utilizing the geometric grid, incorporated universal symbols to represent man and nature in order to balance the intellect with emotion. In 1934, Torres returned to his native Uruguay and created La Escuela del Sur, committing himself to Constructivist Art as a universal concept.