Arturo Montoto, Monk of Plastic Arts
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- Paint and Sculpture
- 07 / 19 / 2010
Arturo Montoto is already a personality with great international recognition and his name passes among the most remarkable artists in Cuba right now. But we don't know yet if he will reach the stature he deserves, because of each generation of painters worldwide, just a dozen reach posterity, as reflected in a recent dialogue with Prensa Latina the director of Museums of Rouen, Laurent Salomé.
For Montoto, this idea poses no problem. In his tour through France on the spring of 2010 he returned once more to the Louvre, visited Giverny, Claude Monet's paradise, and he exhibited Acqua at the Intemporel gallery of Laurence Choko.
It was very near the Modern Art Center George Pompidou and he couldn't resist taking a brief tour over there. It's sometimes surprising certain tendency of projecting art from senseless works, minimizing their values, he commented.
Several angles can be attempted, images, postures, reflections or sensations in the most original possible way, but without slaughtering the aesthetic principles, without seeking to transform art into a hostage of supposed post-modern model, he specified.
With his personal exhibition of 30 watercolors, the fruits in the center of his strokes, Montoto spoke in Paris with the vehemence and knowledge that allow him his impressive record of specialized studies, including the Master degree in Fine Arts it Mural Painting of Moscow.
I proposed a commercial exhibition, of small format, divided in three moments. There are watercolors that respond more to my painting of a fruit in a city atmosphere, of broken walls that depicts some corner of the city, he remembered.
The mark of lights and shadows; later that same fruit in its proportions but outside of context and finally magnified portions of the fruit, protagonistic, he added. With a work equally known in sculpture.
With several international exhibitions, his works spread in other countries like Italy, Spain, United States, Argentina, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Mexico, Russia, Switzerland, Panama, Peru, and Chile, France and with great love in his native Cuba.
I thought of the tropical fruits, a work to reach for the Cuban public. Mangos, papayas, vegetables, avocados, oranges, mandarin, watermelons generally open, with the surfaces and insides of them, he related.
These are ambient loaded with nostalgia, non-decorative, but very expressionists. I am interested in things that don't have clean colors, I wanted to cause that nostalgia in the onlooker, the passing of man, to give contrasts between that past, the man's print, and something fresh, the present time.
Cubasi Translation Staff