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Edgardo Kerlegand Studio to Pay Homage to Renowned International Artist Luis Filcer

Goya, Rembrandt, Van Gogh y Tolouse

Luis Retrato BN

By Alex Slucki

For many who knew him, the name Luis Filcer is instantly connected to a rare human quality: authenticity. There have been over 300 exhibits of his work worldwide, and his master works are on permanent exhibition in more than 60 museums around the world.

Some of Filcer’s works will be on display at Kerlegand Studio at Fabrica la Aurora beginning May 4.

Filcer’s passion for art and his unquenchable thirst for creation led him to experience a life in which luxury was always understood as human connection, depth of feeling, and the permanent longing for a world where truth and justice might prevail. He portrayed these beliefs in countless works as rich and varied as his artistic themes, whether that be the intensity of a gambler’s night at the casino or the passion of a fiery flamenco dancer bedazzling her audience or the silent effort of fishermen pushing their boats to face the awesome wildness of the sea.

Whether it was an unfair Kafka-styled trial or the unexplainable ambition of those in power, Filcer’s work reflected his unfulfilled dream to see humanity express its utmost wisdom, love, and creativity. He hoped, above all, that compassion and solidarity might be able to override society’s inclination towards injustice, hypocrisy, and indifference.

His battles against the dark side of humanity, along with his celebration of its everyday wonders, including the simple and unfathomable miracle of the earth’s landscapes, are all part of what he tried to portray in his art, which always demonstrated a childlike ability to be amazed (or deceived) throughout Filcer’s human journey.

“I paint what I feel, not merely what I see,” he once said. “I cannot imagine life as a mere portrayal of reality as is, for existence is not a photograph, a moment in time: it is constant movement and, above all, the ever-changing impression based on how we feel about reality.”

Artist Vincent Van Gogh inspired Filcer to accept his “lust for life,” he says. In fact, it was Van Gogh’s biographer, Irving Stone, and his unforgettable depiction of Van Gogh in Lust for Life, that inspired Filcer to make painting his life’s mission.

Filcer was also a great admirer of Francisco Goya, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Rembrandt van Rijn. Every once in a while, these geniuses appear as characters in the artist’s imagination as they ride together on a train, followed closely by their own fantastic creations.

The exhibit opens May 4 at 5pm during the Fabrica’s monthly Art Walk.

 

Art Exhibition

Homage to Artist Luis Filcer

Sat, May 4, 5pm

Edgardo Kerlegand Studio, Local 17C

Fábrica La Aurora

Free

 

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