Ten Years: A Retrospective
By Ninfa Cuervo
For this special anniversary show, at the Casa de Europa, international artist Andrew Osta will display his oil paintings.
Andrew Osta Art Opening
Sat, Oct 10, 5-8pm
Casa de Europa en México
San Francisco 23
For this occasion, paintings have been brought together from three continents, making for a very exciting exhibition. Osta’s work between 2005 and 2010 is uniquely psychedelic, painted in a style of subjective surrealism. “I started with the intention of expressing my inner world through personal symbols. What resulted were paintings that reflected my thought process over a period of time. It was an experiment of compressing time and space into a static image, the opposite of the big bang,” explained Osta.
Over the years, the work became simpler and clearer, as color gained primary importance over symbolism. Osta’s close artist friends, the late Toller Cranston and Marion Perlet, influenced this process, and the artist pays tribute to them both in the show. “My artist portrait series began even before Toller and Marion passed away,” says Osta. “I wanted to pay tribute to my friends, to these great personalities, and continue their legacy and memory. Later, while setting up my two shows in Europe earlier this year, I took the idea further and painted Van Gogh in the style of Van Gogh, and the same thing for Matisse, Chagall, Picasso, and Monet. Upon returning to San Miguel, I painted a portrait of Toller in his own style, and an image of Toller and Marion together, in the style of Marion. These paintings make me feel as if my friends are still with me.”
Another special painting to be shown is Osta’s commissioned portrait of Prince Albert of Monaco. Created for the Prince Albert foundation, this large painting addresses the environmental preservation activities of the foundation and brilliantly combines Osta’s realistic and symbolic styles.
Andrew Osta’s work can be seen in Casa de Europa, at the Hecho en México restaurant, and on his website, www.AndrewOsta.com.