Lyle O. Reitzel Contemporary Art in Santo Domingo presents dominican artist Gustavo Peña first solo show titled "Unknown Adventures” next July 21 at our main gallery located on Torre Piantini from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
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 dominican fellow 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 then 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.
As 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 andantiquity, 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 compose landscapes of low horizons positioning the viewers look at ground level, in a way that its background becomes neutral”.
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, República Dominican. 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 Centro León Jimenes Biennal Santiago, Rep. Dom. And another shows all over the world as “Under Construction”, William Road Gallery, Londres; “On Common Ground,” Washington, USA; Global Caribe, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami, USA y Caraïbes, Musée d'Art Contemporain (MAC) San Juan, Puerto Rico; “Super Heavy” y “Estética Sold Out” en Lyle O. Reitzel, Santo Domingo, Rep. Dom.; Global Caraïbes, Focus sur la création contemporaine caribéenne, Musée International des Arts Modestes, Francia; "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, Seúl, Korea.
His pieces are part of Permanent Collections as Fundación Cortés de Puerto Rico and private colections in Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico, Panamá, Miami, Nueva York, Italia and China.
Currently Works and lives in Santo Domingo.
The show will be running until August 30, 2016.