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Lyle O. Reitzel gallery in Santo Domingo presents Dominican artist, Gustavo Peña’s first solo show titled “Unknown Adventures” tomorrow, July 21st at their main gallery located in Torre Piantini.
In 2008, Lyle O. Reitzel presented for first the time Gustavo Peña’s artwork with an outstanding show titled, “Urgente: arte emergente: Hulda & Gustavo” featuring the work of fellow Dominican artist, Hulda Guzmán. From Peña’s body of work we can perceive a deep connection between fundamental academic elements, exquisite levels of care in the production and vitality of its symbolic proposal.
“Unknown Adventures ” is a body of work with more than 20 pieces between paintings, photography and drawings. All of them produced between 2010-2016. A period of six years where the artist breaks with his previous relationship with figurative painting and starts to experiment with another forms of representations as geometric abstraction presenting an unique neo-expressionist hybrid. The artist’s challenge is to be able to tell stories with one image and at the same time to invite spectators to deal with an intriguing outcome. As an independent curator and specialist in Latin American art, Abigail Lapin Dardasht explains in her words that “Peña’s great contribution is, in fact, how he positions his work at the crossroads of contemporaneity and antiquity, in an imaginary landscape that seems almost suspended in time while reflecting on both the past and present.”
The artist has been positioned as one of the most remarkable emerging artist from the Caribbean. In addition to Lapin’s words, Cuban curator based in New York, Elvis Fuentes also talks about Peña as a creator who challenges viewers, shifts perspectives and constructs new forms of representation. He says: “Peña composes landscapes of low horizons positioning the viewers look at ground level, in a way that its background becomes neutral.”
“Aventuras Desconocidas” by Gustavo Peña at Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery
Where: Torre Piantini Suite 1 & 2 A. C/ Gustavo Mejia Ricart intersection with Av. Abraham Lincoln
When: TOMORROW, Thursday, June 21st
Time: 7:00p.m – 11:00 p.m
The show will be on display until August 30, 2016.
Gustavo Peña was born in Santo Domingo in 1979. Studied Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration and Photography at Altos de Chavón School of Design (ASS) La Romana, Dominican Republic. Graduated from Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas (ENAP) de México. In 2010 Peña was Awarded with highest prize with his piece “Hasta la Victoria Siempre” by Biennial Centro León Jimenes, Santiago, D.R. And another shows all over the world as “Under Construction”, William Road Gallery, London; “On Common Ground,” Washington, USA; Global Caribe, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, USA y Caraïbes, Muséed’Art Contemporain (MAC) San Juan, Puerto Rico; “Super Heavy” y “Estética Sold Out” en Lyle O. Reitzel, Santo Domingo, D.R.; Global Caraïbes, Focus sur la creation contemporaine caribéenne, Musée International des Arts Modestes, France; “Global Caribbean Project” during ‘Art Basel Miami Beach 09’ curated by Edouard Duval-Carrié, Little Haiti Cultural Miami, USA y Borderless Generation: Contemporary Art of Latin America, The Korea Foundation Cultural Center, Seoul, Korea and in 2016 ” Trans/Figure”, Cortés Collection, Universidad de Cayey, Puerto Rico.
His pieces are part of Permanent Collections as Fundación Cortés de Puerto Rico and private collections in Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico, Panama, Miami, New York, Switzerland, Italy and China. Currently works and lives in Santo Domingo.
LYLE O. REITZEL GALLERY
In 1988, Lyle O. Reitzel began his career as art merchant, promoting a select group of underground Contemporary artists, not represented in the market, presenting an avant-garde and daring aesthetic proposal, where the new, the strange, and the extravagant could be appreciated.
The Lyle O. Reitzel Gallery opened its doors in Santo Domingo in 1995 and has, since then, focused its efforts on supporting the new art trends of the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the Caribbean, including Latin America and the rest of the world.
The gallery set out on a great adventure, to open new doors, and between 2006 and 2010 become an important zone of artistic development devoted to Contemporary Art, the Wynwood art district in Miami This step is the result of the dynamic action practiced by the gallery for more than a decade in Santo Domingo, supported by the systematic organization of exhibitions in galleries and museums of great capital cities around the world, as well as by the participation in important international fairs, delivering enough to get inserted into today’s active and ever-growing international market.
Gallery Hours of operation:
Monday – Friday 9:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. and 3:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Saturday 11:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Tel: 305 510 2833