Rubén Alpízar. Between memory and its simulations

/ 1 September, 2018

Rubén Alpízar (born in Santiago de Cuba in 1965), has found a firm, stable horizon that disguises the disorder of the tides. His central alliance with painting calms and controls any unexpected, sudden or chaotic circumstance. He understood very well that in order to be conceptual, contemporary and parodic it’s not necessary to be against beauty, and much less renounce it. At first glance his works are able to win over the congeniality of the spectators; because of how the images become splendid since they are the fruit of a polished technique and an exquisite mind.

Alpízar’s poetics contains two ingredients that when mixed give a great deal of consistency and seriousness to his work: the first (…) the acuteness and ingenuity he has to detect the surrounding landscapes capable of fitting in with this aesthetic sensitivity. The second is his conscious and fecund passion for the history of painting and the extolling of the great maestros who through different times built a world parallel to that of harsh reality. (…)

In his fist approaches to religious themes, an interest especially persists in studying in depth the behavior of persons regarding that controversial and almost unfathomable question of Faith. (…) most unfathomable question of Faith. The artist adheres to a way of saying, which based on solemnity and mastery of a pictorial canon (like that of the Greek) the indispensable is contaminated to be able to exercise a real criticism to be taken into account and that at the same time forms part of the enjoyment of consumers (…).

What makes the new images created by him valuable is his unquestionable metaphoric force capable of inserting notable profane symbols of modernity in that universe that is recognized as divine.

(…) There is a clear fascination in his work to revive figures like: Bosco, Brueghel, Dalí, Magritte. Bringing them to light regarding our problems; parasitizing their tones in favor of a new interpretation of life and its unpredictable circumstances. The surreal is constant, strong, intentional. An entertaining way of dislocating the meanings to be able to better understand the magnitude of the parable undertaken through knowledge and one’s own memory.

Already on the threshold of the 21st century, he turns his work into a sort of lucid madness, into a daring confession about his perspectives for transgression (…).

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