New exhibit at Casa Diana
By Carmen Gutiérrez
Galeria Casa Diana cordially invites you to the opening cocktail March 15, beginning at 5pm, to inaugurate the exhibition of recent work by Theo Toy and Rodrigo Orozco. Casa Diana is located at Recreo 48, telephone 152-0885.Art Recent work by Theo Toy and Rodrigo Orozco Sat, Mar 15, 5pm Galería Casa Diana Recreo 48 152-0885
Theo Toy was born in Bologna, Italy. He studied art and anatomical drawing in Bologna where he later worked as an illustrator and a graphic artist. He has had successful individual and group exhibitions in Italy, Monaco, US, Venezuela, and México. Toy will be exhibiting his most recent work titled “Premonitions of Eternity.” In this collection, Toy’s mastery of representing the human body is evident. Besides his extraordinary drawings and elegant compositions, his paintings invite the viewer to further question the intellectual and spiritual life of the figures and by extension ourselves. We realize that even without words our bodies have an amazing capacity for communication. In this way, every glance and every posture tells a story. We find stories of passion and pain, stories of strength and madness, stories that are beginning and others that are ending, but mostly we find stories of the search for our true essence.
Oscar Palacios, an important Mexican writer and critic, wrote the following about Theo Toy’s work: Eternity is perpetual. What does not have alpha or omega. It could also be a dream of life after death. Only that: a dream. Premonitions are signs of what is yet to come or maybe simple conjectures. Yet when we are faced with Toy’s premonitions of eternity, we are presented with a philosophy of man expressed through paintings. With texture uniquely achieved by opacity and density, chromatic games are constructed.
We discover an aesthetic and human reality tinted to its most subtle hues in a way that only someone with such duality – the European vision of his native Italy and the magic of the mountains in Chiapas — could achieve. From such entrails, veins are exposed to the four elements: water, wind, fire and earth. The sum total of man: chiaroscuro, monochrome areas. He tries to create an imaginary world, with its own laws more real than reality itself. It is a definite style: clean, sober and intense.
Rodrigo Orozco was born in Michoacán where he currently studies art in the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo. He has had several individual and collective exhibitions in different places in Mexico. He has also participated in important competitions and has won several awards, such as first place in the “roads to freedom” in the visual arts sector of TVAzteca and was officially selected for the catalog of Latin-American illustrators by the editorial SM 2013.
Orozco’s other passion is film and he has worked with Guillermo del Toro, who supports him. His work demonstrates his affinity for the romantic novels of the 19th century and such authors as Edgar Allan Poe, Julio Verne and Victor Hugo. We can also appreciate the influence of the surrealists Remedios Varo and Leonora Carrington who Orozco deeply admires. Rodrigo Orozco’s work truly transports us to another world where fantasy and mystery reign over quotidian reality. The generally obscure tones of his images further add to the enigma of the scenes portrayed and invite us to observe his work more closely. In this way, we slowly discover an infinity of details that had initially escaped us. His talent in painting and sculpting is exceptional and there is no doubt that as an artist or as a set designer this young artist will surely succeed.
The writer and director Ana Perusquía had the following insight on Rodrigo Orozco’s work: Rodrigo’s paintings do not owe anything to the oniric world, rather it is born from his depth and is enriched by his view that transcends the limits of reality. We find a strong film influence as well as English traditions that seem to ignore the barrier that is the Atlantic and feed a universe which Orozco allows us to see only glimpses of. He barely illuminates his images, so that though we believe we see it all in reality there is a whole universe to be explored.
For his upcoming exhibition on March 15 in Galería Casa Diana, Rodrigo Orozco will present several of his most recent oils and sculptures.