Omar Arraez’s [1982, Alicante] career can be described as a gradual, ever-finer depiction of the human body, with special attention paid to the human face. Hence, portraits have been his core theme in recent years, with paintings, charcoal drawings and sculptures all deployed as key to his artistic expression. Moreover, his avant-garde methods also incorporate photography and digital devices to achieve his overall creative vision.
Thanks to the endeavour of CinemaAttic and the crucial role of Axolotl Gallery, we were keen to present, as part of the Spanish Film and Arts Festival CinemaAttic 2011, Paper portraits by Omar Arraez.
The exhibition was built upon a series of large format paper portraits of mature characters, of hardened features, of contorted faces, of hidden or uncovered emotions…Through a series of mosaics of recycled shreds that compose the large faces or in rather large sheets, the work is for these series presented in its severe lightness: its independence as sculptural elements is largely proofed. It ought to be highlighted, however, that in such a process the paintings and charcoal drawings gradually vanish towards the persistence of the features alongside the paper folds.
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