Artist Statement

My work is based on a deep search for the unusual in this universe, seeking to interpret and create imaginary worlds based on scientific findings.

There is a demarcation between my abstract paintings and figurative ones.
My imagination -as well as my fascination- for the unexplored has motivated me to paint surfaces like aerial views, which allow me to float and contemplate the birth of my Exo-planetary paradises.

In like manner, my new series “Celestial – Exo-planetary Inhabitants” has come to life. It is an advanced version of our existence, in which I set our own being in coexistence with another reality, maybe even other dimensions, and ultimately the transcendence of the mind.

While imagining being face to face with the inverse, my own form, a mirror that reflects in exact measure the existence of that which being consider non-existent, makes us assume that the universe expands toward diversity, and that a parallel world may communicate with a different interpretation of the same reality.

Reaching the intangible seems difficult and impossible, however the thought travels beyond reason and attracts the invisible to the visible, to be transported into a space of emptiness, of the internal and finds ideas and translates them. It translates into my purpose of existence.

Biography

Gustavo Paris was born in Venezuela in 1974. He started his studies at a very early age at the art academy taught by artist Ildebrando Rossi. He received his bachelor’s degree in Plastic Arts in 2001 at the Cecilio Acosta Catholic University in Zulia, Venezuela, where he started his career as a professor teaching painting, drawing, and graphic art language from 2005 to 2010. Paris also taught at the Julio Arraga National School of Plastic Arts from 2008 to 2016. He is currently a full-time professor for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zulia where he’s been teaching painting and drawing since 2012. Gustavo Paris has a long trajectory and exhibition record that includes exhibitions in multiple cities in the world.

The french thinker Roger Garaudy has said that “abstract painting is a form of metaphysical thinking or a mystical participation in the deep and mysterious reality of things.” this assertion helps connect us to Gustavo Paris’ paintings, who through the magic of art is intent on exploring what is beyond material aspects, beyond the physical appearance of things, allowing a full internal realization of both the creative being as well as the one contemplating the creation.

In Paris’ lyrical abstractionism we notice a voyage towards an internal landscape, and in some way, a connection with the cosmos from the internal consciousness. Through his paintings, he seeks to inquire into the fathomless internal landscape of the human being, to reveal something belonging to that non-visible reality, which we suppose is in connection with the cosmos, being that we are cosmic dust, a part of the universe. París directs the poetic aspects of his visual production towards the exploration of the invisible, that which is at the foundation of our internal universe in communion with the “exoplanetary.” The abstract iconography of this artist, his aesthetic language, his expressive resources, are constituted by faint colors, gestural and transparent blotches, combined with strong and dynamic strokes, which in a very discreet manner turn into craquelure, drips, and textures.

José Gregorio Noroño
Independent Curator & Researcher

An explosive dynamism invades our perception when contemplating the paintings of Gustavo Paris. His paintings are true visual bursts that, however, allow us to glimpse a solid structure. The focus of his pieces is in a center or formal knot, from which a myriad of curved and free strokes, charged with motion, are unleashed. His works “open themselves up” towards space. In fact, they resemble cosmic landscapes, fragments of galaxies captured in their continuous and eternal becoming. In some pieces, the artist introduces — as a backdrop — a segment of this starry cosmos that have generated so many dreams in mankind; in others, he places a veiled horizontal bar that, by exercising a contrasting tension with the painting’s dynamic brushstrokes, contribute to the idea that a “human” landscape can be created — fantasized, dreamed of, and designed — even in exoplanet environments.

 

All of Gustavo Paris’ work seems to be a fervent chant to the Creator of the Universe, assumed as a superior energy, which rules with magnificence over the unmeasurable spaces of the micro and macro-cosmos.

Katherine Chacón
Independent Curator & Researcher

Profile and Experience

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Born in Venezuela, 1974.

• Instructor at the residency program at Ateliers ’89 Academia di Bellas Artes, Oranjestad – Aruba (January 7 – 31, 2019)

• Professor of drawing and painting at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zulia, Venezuela (2012 to the present)

• Professor of drawing and painting at the Julio Arraga National School of Plastic Arts, Venezuela (2008 to 2016)

• Professor of drawing, and graphic art language at the Cecilio Acosta Catholic University, Venezuela (2005 to 2010)

• Paisajes Exoplanetarios, Latinarte Gallery, Katy, TX USA (2016)
• Cosmos, Instituto Hispano de la Cultura de Houston, Houston, TX USA (2015)
• Espacio Interestelar, Aula Magna Rafael Urdaneta University, Zulia Venezuela (2013)
• Universos Coexistente, Julio Arraga National School of Plastic Arts, Zulia Venezuela (2010)
• Laberintos Encontrados, Cecilio Acosta Catholic University, Zulia Venezuela (2009)
• Fundación Museo de Arte del Caribe, Zulia Venezuela (2004)

• Miami Art Basel, Red Dot Miami Art Show 2018. Contemporary Art Projects USA (December 5-9, 2018)

• XI Feria Internacional de Arte y Antigüedades de Maracaibo, Zulia (FIAM), Galería Miluna (2015)

• X Feria Internacional de Arte y Antigüedades de Maracaibo, Zulia (FIAM), Galería Miluna (2014)

• IX Feria Internacional de Arte y Antigüedades de Maracaibo, Zulia (FIAM), Galería Miluna (2013)

• VIII Feria Internacional de Arte y Antigüedades de Maracaibo, Zulia (FIAM), Galería Miluna (2012)

• VII Feria Internacional de Arte y Antigüedades de Maracaibo, Zulia (FIAM), Galería Miluna (2011)

• VI Feria Internacional de Arte y Antigüedades de Maracaibo, Zulia (FIAM), Galería Miluna (2010)

• VI Feria Internacional de Arte y Antigüedades de Maracaibo, Zulia (FIAM), Galería Miluna (2009)

• V Feria Internacional de Arte y Antigüedades de Maracaibo, Zulia (FIAM), Galería Armando Reverón (2008)

• IV Feria Internacional de Arte y Antigüedades de Maracaibo, Zulia (FIAM), Galería Armando Reverón (2007)

• III Feria Internacional de Arte y Antigüedades de Maracaibo, Zulia (FIAM), Galería Armando Reverón, (2006)

• Exposición Colectiva, Museo de las Américas. Miami, FL USA (May 2007)

• Exposición Colectiva, Maya’s Gallery Nashville, TN USA (1994)

  • Collective Exhibition “Series 1-6” at White’s Art Gallery, Miami, FL USA (2018)
  • Exposición “Desde la Mirada de los Artistas”, Aula Magna Rafael Urdaneta University, Zulia Venezuela (2016)
  • Exposición “Visiones Contemporáneas” Artistas Zulianos, Centro de Arte Lía Bermúdez, Zulia Venezuela (2016)
  • Exposición Corte de Cuenta, 3ra Edición, Proyecto Expositivo de Profesores, Faculty of Arts at the University of Zulia Venezuela (2015)
  • Exposición Atmosfera Libre, Galería ArteNos, Zulia Venezuela (2010)
  • Homenaje al Bicentenario de Venezuela, PDVSA la Estancia, Zulia Venezuela (2010)
  • Exposición Pequeño Formato, Galería Miluna, Zulia Venezuela (2009)
  • Creadores Visuales de Venezuela. 27 Artistas del Edo Zulia, Modern Art Museum of Zulia (MACZUL) Zulia Venezuela (2009)
  • Exposición Colectiva Plural, Galería Miluna, Zulia Venezuela (2008)
  • Exposición Colectiva, Muestra de los Artistas Zulianos en Homenaje a Reverón en el día de su nacimiento. Zulia Venezuela (2008)
  • Exposición Colectiva, Homenaje al Libertador “Simón Bolívar”.  Sala Luís Chacón, Alcaldía de Maracaibo, Zulia Venezuela (2008)
  • Exposición Colectiva, Gestos y Laberintos, Central Bank of Venezuela, Zulia Venezuela (2008)
  • Objetual, Homenaje al Maestro de la Luz, Armando Reverón, Galería Miluna, Zulia Venezuela (2007)
  • Exposición Colectiva Plural, Galería Miluna, Zulia Venezuela (2007)
  • El Arte en la Copa América, Modern Art Museum of Zulia (MACZUL) Zulia Venezuela (2007)
  • Exposición Colectiva Pintores Zulianos. Homenaje a la Copa América 2007, Galería IL Muro, Zulia Venezuela (2007)
  • Exposición Colectiva “Del Pensamiento a la Creación” Fundación Red de Galería, Zulia Venezuela (2007)
  • Certamen de las Artes, Modern Art Museum of Zulia (MACZUL) Zulia Venezuela (2007)
  • Exposición Colectiva Plural, Galería Miluna, Zulia Venezuela (2006)
  • IV Encuentro de Artistas Plásticos con el Puente y su Lago, Sala Francisco Hung, San Francisco, Zulia Venezuela (2006)
  • Exposición Colectiva, Fundación Museo Arte del Caribe, Zulia Venezuela (2005)
  • Presencia Exhibición Aprender, Internacional Women’s Group, Centro Bellas Artes, Cecilio Acosta Catholic University & Rafael Urdaneta University, Zulia Venezuela (1999)
  • Punto de Encuentro, Secretaria de Cultura de Maracaibo, Zulia Venezuela (1999)
  • Galería Quintero, Niños Cantores del Zulia, Zulia Venezuela (1998)
  • Galería Museo, Maracaibo, Zulia Venezuela (1998)

• XL Edición, Salón Juan Lovera, Caracas Venezuela (2011)
• I Encuentro de las Artes Visuales del Zulia, Centro de Arte Lía Bermúdez, Zulia Venezuela (2009)
• Bienal de Maracaibo. Centro de Arte Lía Bermúdez, Zulia Venezuela (2009)
• 1º Encuentro de las Artes Visuales del Zulia, Modern Art Museum of Zulia (MACZUL) Zulia Venezuela (2009)
• II Bienal Nacional de Artes Visuales, Barinas Venezuela (2009)
• I Salón regional de Pintura rumbo a la Bienal del Zulia. Secretaria de Cultura, Zulia Venezuela (2008)
• XIV Bienal de Artes Visuales Churuguara, Falcón Venezuela (2008)
• I Salón Nacional Yaracuy, Planeta Tierra, Yaracuy Venezuela (2008)
• I Salón de Pintura CorpoZulia, Centro de Arte Lía Bermúdez, Zulia Venezuela (2007)
• 5to Salón Cevaz de Artistas Emergentes, Cevaz Gallery, Zulia Venezuela (2006)
• I Salón Arte Bidimensional, Pequeño Formato, Faculty of Arts at the University of Los Andes, Mérida Venezuela (2006)