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Happiness. What Is This Concept, Really?

By Diana Friedeberg

It seems that we have been asking this question since the beginning of time. In ancient Greece, Aristotle defined happiness as the greatest aspiration of every human being, something that could only be obtained through the practice of virtue. For this important metaphysical philosopher happiness was not a concise state, but a style of life in which one always tries to bring forth the best in one self, in other words, to cultivate our virtues. Epicurus, on the other hand, postulated quite a different idea. This founder of the “School of Happiness” proposed that happiness does not only come from the spiritual plane and that the fulfillment of our senses also plays an important role. Even though for Epicurus the key to happiness is found in balance and temperance, his ideas are many times classified as hedonistic. This could be due to one of his most popular maxims, “Nothing is enough for whom enough is not sufficient.”

New Exhibit
Sat, Oct 8, time
Galería Casa Diana
Recreo 48, Centro

On Saturday, October 8, Galería Casa Diana invites you to come experience happiness through the eyes of the Italian artist Theo Toy, for whom happiness is “a state of mind that is necessary for being connected in harmony with our surroundings, and if it is felt with deep sincerity, it can lead to the miraculous.” Through a series of of paintings and drawings in carbon and sanguine, Theo transmits this concept. With impeccable draftsmanship, Theo presents different characters in contemplative or dynamic situations. It will then be up to the observer to decide whether the happiness represented resembles an Aristotelian or an Epicurean happiness—or if it portrays a Theo-tician miracle.

Theo studied in the Artistic Institute of Bologna, Italy. He worked for a few years as a graphic designer and since 1998 has dedicated himself full time to his paintings. He has participated in numerous individual and collective exhibitions in Europe and America, such as Caracas Doesn’t Sleep 1999, Cuadra Creativa 2000, also in Caracas. He has shown his work at art fairs in Miami, Italy, and Mexico. His most recent exhibitions have been in San Cristobal de Las Casas and San Miguel de Allende.


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