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Rodolfo Oviedo Vega

Born in 1984 - El Salvador

BIOGRAPHY

Born in San Salvador, Oviedo Vega has travelled all over the world, absorbing experiences and artistic influences that are sometimes reflected in his work, and living for a time in southern India and later Paris, where he lives and works today. His paintings are often better described as mixed-media collages, incorporating materials including sand, coconut bark, banana leaves and red wine.

The art of Rodolfo Oviedo Vega is one of paradox and certain contradictions. His paintings can seem at first glance to be heavy, even opaque on the canvas, yet on closer inspection they became surprisingly varied in their textures. Parts of some works have an appealing heft, with collage elements and layers of oil paint worked into a thick impasto, while others can seem as light and delicate as fallen leaves.

His compositions can seem purely abstract, and his basic visual language has remained rooted in abstraction for most of his career. Yet figuration keeps poking through in ways that give his work complexity and an enigmatic charm. The abstract forms of some works recall portraiture, while the perspectives and horizon line in others harks back to the landscape-painting tradition.

Architectural elements frequently appear in Oviedo Vega’s work – railings, windows, arches, often in sombre colours that emphasise their geometric armatures – and show his interest in urban space and construction. Far from pure abstraction, these works often lead us into explorations of the aesthetic possibilities of buildings, with their multiple planes and volumes, and the architectural forms of contemporary cities, which, in Oviedo Vega’s hands, can look familiar to any city dweller yet also strange and even a bit alienating.

This engagement with urban architecture also suggests a connection to his native El Salvador, the most urbanised country of Latin America. Oviedo Vega inhabits and plays out these contradictions in his work, without – to his great credit as an artist – ever trying to resolve them into neat packages, creating instead works that are complex, multi-layered and deeply human.

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EXHIBITIONS

RECENT SHOWS

2015
Exposition Individuelle, Museo Forma, San Salvador, El Salvador
Exposition Galerie Patries Van Dorst, Wassenaar, Pays-bas
Exposition Individuelle, Casa del ALBA, La Habana, Cuba
Exposition ICADE-STORE, Aubervilliers, France
Exposition collective, Tour Rose, Lyon, France
Exposition collective, Institut Cervantès, Lyon, France
Exposition Collective, Galerie Ahtzic Silis, Lyon, France

2014
Exposition collective, Galerie Espacio, San Salvador, El Salvador
Exposition collective, Galerie 212, Miami, États-Unis
Beirut Art Fair, représenté par Southborder Gallery, Beirut, Liban
Exposition Individuelle, Ambassade d'El Salvador, Londres, UK
Exposition Individuelle, Instituto Cervantes, Dublin, Irlande
1er Prix, Exposition collective, du festival "Arte en Mayo" Fundation Rosas Botran, Guatemala, Guatemala
Exposition Individuelle, Maison de l'Amérique Latine de Monaco, avec le soutien du gouvernement de Monaco, Monaco

2013
Exposition collective, Galerie Sentidos, San Salvador, El Salvador
Exposition collective, Musée de la Poste, Paris, France
Exposition collective "Melting Potes", Musée du Montparnasse, Paris, France
Performance - vente aux enchères, Salon des étoiles, Sporting de Monte Carlo, Monaco
Exposition collective, "Visiones", Fundation Rosas Botran, Guatemala, Guatemala
Exposition collective, Galeria Sanguinetti, Lima, Pérou

2012
Voyage en Motocycle de Mexico à l’Argentine pendant 12 mois
Mention spéciale, 23ème Biennale de Peinture IHCI de l'Amérique Centrale et des Caraïbes, Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Exposition collective, Galerie Imagen, Panama, Panama
Exposition collective, Galerie Sanguinetti, Lima, Pérou
Exposition Individuelle, De Gallery, San Salvador, El Salvador
Exposition Individuelle, Ambassade d'El Salvador a Paris, France
Exposition Individuelle accompagnée de sculptures de Benedetto Pietrogrande, Gli eroici furori Arte contemporanea, Milan, Italie

2011
Exposition Individuelle au profit des victimes des inondations au Salvador, Consulat du El Salvador à Montréal, Montréal, Canada
Exposition Individuelle, Espazio Laghetto en collaboration avec le Consulat General d’El Salvador à Milan, Milan, Italie
Exposition Individuelle DeGallery, San Salvador, El Salvador
Participation au Salon du Dessin, Galerie national des expositions, San Salvador, El Salvador
Exposition Individuelle, Galeria de Pascal, Suchitoto, El Salvador
Collection Publique du Ministère de la Défense d'Espagne ISDEFE, Madrid, Espagne

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