Yvan Genest’s New Paintings at Galería San Francisco

By Susan Santiago

This week in Atención, Galería San Francisco introduces the work of Yvan Genest, who is showing his paintings along with sculptor Annie Evans and painter Rohanna Laing through May 15.

Art Exhibition
By Yvan Genest, Annie Evans, and Rohanna Laing
Fri, Apr 14, 6-8pm
San Francisco 1, second floor
Free

Yvan’s new series of paintings captivate his audience by combining collage-like additions, such as pages from his own sketchbooks and contemporary images of everyday modern objects with abstract icons, symbols, and even words.

“I want to create an explosion—to combine an old-time feeling with a contemporary perception in a way that surprises people, speaks to their subconscious, moves them to emotion, and creates a new space for imagination,” says Yvan.

Yvan’s deep artistic drive and remarkable imagination have propelled him to a fertile, prolific career as an artist, spanning more than 30 years. Since his first watercolors, sold door-to-door in his native Montreal decades ago, Yvan has painted and exhibited in many cities (Paris, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Miguel de Allende, among others), while building his unique iconography. He has created thousands of original paintings, drawings, watercolors, pastels, etchings, engravings, and digital works that have found collectors internationally.

Yvan Genest is a major figure in the Puerto Vallarta art scene. His extensive experiences with different cities, people, and customs are reflected in his distinctive iconography, like airplanes, hearts, skulls, wires, hands, and so many more. With his light, luminous, and eye-catching colors, his imaginative forms and figures, Yvan Genest brings to life a fascinating world that dives into our own. His paintings, bright and cheerful, combine a sense of freedom and fun.

While greatly influenced in his early stages by many great painters, including Francis Bacon, Picasso, and Chagall, Yvan also admires several contemporary artists who share in common a high level of innovation and a deep, spiritual sense of humanity.

“Each artist who creates a new language is bringing a contribution to art history—new ways to say and see things. This is what I think I am doing.”

 

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