Abs-Traction, Solo Show Rafael Lopez Ramos, From Dec 2019 -Jan 2020
"My work has always been more concept than style based, which allows me to freely choose the media and visual language that better fits the needs of each project, knowing that every artwork always bears the imprint of its creator, in different ways.
When painting I use to juxtapose and superimpose images and symbols on Abstract Expressionist backgrounds -“on the surface, an intelligible lie; underneath, the unintelligible truth showing through”, as Milan Kundera wrote in Immortality. Last year, however, I decided to dive into my work's backgrounds in order to explore in depth its “unintelligible truth” part, fully centering my energy on how to create good Abstract paintings while allowing my hand to have fun, within the gestural and lyrical post-war tradition.
In a Zen-like state of mind I explore, and enjoy, the fluidity of the paint as a substance, and its almost sexual ability to engender new shapes when mixed / spread by a brush or any other analogical tool. Color is the other grand subject of this investigation, and I usually cook it as a sauté study of its subtle scales of hues, tints, tones and shades, in the aim to emulate the balance, harmony, and counterpoints usually recurred by Baroque music". RLR