Ricardo Silva Cordero

Guatemalan – Chilean Abstract Artist

Ricardo Silva Cordero ( Born in Valparaiso, Chile 1951)

His artistic creation takes place in Guatemala and Barcelona, Spain. He studied art in New York (1964 -1969). Inclined to abstract Expressionism and abstract figurativism. His art is on display at the Museum of Modern Art in Guatemala city, Forma Museum of Modern Art in El Salvador, at the Vicepresidential office in Guatemala as well as in important private collections in Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxemburg, United States of America, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Argentina and Guatemala Location Guatemala city, Guatemala Education Academic background in Psychology, Law and Sociology. He has taught at university level (undergraduate and post-graduate). Currently writing essays on art to be published shortly.

“My Art” by Ricardo Silva Cordero

It`s rather complicated to write an objective “description” of one`s Art, specially regarding it`s intellectual development, conception and a- posteriori material creation. As a painter, I can attest that one`s work is truly an extension of one`s own identity or self. My paintings are my “daughters”, allegorically speaking… They represent a sort of mirror of profound inner feelings and their strokes are part of the language with which they themselves intend to portray their reality, their reason of being; as well as to connvey their message to the general public.

I was introduced to Abstractism at a young age; it took me some time to let myself loose and embrace ( totally) the true abstract universe.  Social pressure – at first – made me cautious and inclined to leave “traces” of figurativism in the works. It was what my contemporaries “did”. One day I decided to “emancipate” and started painting what I really wanted and felt, without the concern of “social acceptance”. Thus, I embraced total abstraction in my work; I have never repented.

Each person sees what his mind orders him or her to see.  It`s a right of the spectator to question, interpret accept or reject the proposed work of Art; the object of contemplation. At the same time, it`s also a right of the Artist to separate himself from the Artisan`s work or endeavor, as “perfect” as it may be. The Artist`s work, in essence, is a learned profession, not a mere moneymaking trade; it has a “reason” that inspired it`s creation…

This particular set of paintings  present the spectator an honest intent to portray on the canvas ( or any type of support…) a peculiar insight into literary and musical works.  The aforementioned, without getting into deep considerations of the inner motives of Carpentier`s or Stravinsky`s work. I am glad to present you another “angle” that may be useful in the interpretation of literature or music. Thus, the name of the Series presented: The Consagration of Spring. In regards to the musical abundance of Kandinsky, a personal rendering of spring in different shades and intensities.  Regarding Carpentier`s work( the re-birth of a new social reality), allegorically illustrated and prortrayed with the exhuberance of spring. A hopeful desire to achieve a more just and fair social plateau for everyone in this world.

The works have cuts, splices, splatters and intense strokes that simply are part of the language that allegorically speaks to the viewer, inviting him to participate in the event that takes place before him.