The art of Fabrizio Arrieta (Costa Rica, 1982) understands personal identity as an unstable value transmitted by many factors that reveal the impact of mass media in the construction, metamorphosis, and control of our own identity. As a starting point, Arrieta uses everyday images from fashion magazines and other social media. These are, to some extent, the reflection of our times: how we act and relate to each other thanks to the internet and its effects on aesthetics, culture, and society. Arrieta wholly appropriates these images and their human forms to modify, tear, distort, scratch, darken, corrupt, splinter, them in order to create new references that lead us to generate more questions, instead of giving us an answer.
Focusing on technique, structure and composition, the artist offers us an incisive and seductive work at first sight, but whose perverse games unleash a curiosity that persuades us to look for “another” image and its underlying narrative. His paintings renounce the idea of totality, evidencing the fragments and the means that partake in the process of cutting, drawing, painting, and editing. He thus offers the viewer some clues about his exploration of painting and his connections to the history of art. Arrieta works with recognizable elements, but the strangeness of the shapes —as well as the combination and distortion of the figures— touch the limits of abstraction, transforming what is recognizable into something more significant, unsettling, and moving.
He lives and works in San José, Costa Rica.