August 26 to September 30, 2016
Rimonim Art Gallery is proud to present the first solo exhibition of Carlos Leon in the USA. The exhibition will be held from August 26 to September 15, 2016. The opening reception will be on Thursday, August 25, 2016, 6:30-9:30 PM
Carlos Leon was born in Peru, where he lives and works. His artwork maintains an enduring dialog between the remnants of the Inca culture in the Peruvian mountains and the contemporary art that is the signature of our times.
In Inca mythology, Pachamama – The Inca word for “Mother of the earth”- is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes. She presides over planting and harvesting, embodies the mountains, and causes earthquakes.
Rituals to honor Pachamama take place all year, but are especially abundant in August, right before the sowing season. Peruvian Andeans believe that they must be on very good terms with nature to keep themselves and their crops and livestock healthy and protected. In order to do this, families perform cleansing rituals by burning plants, wood and other items in order to scare evil spirits who are thought to be more abundant at this time.
Carlos Leon paintings represent primitive gods, plants, animals and human beings, many times with painted textures that resemble stone or clay. He surprises the viewer for his expertise in the use of color and composition. Leon management of light and shadows brings a not often seen sense of volume and deep of field in the paintings.
His works are a metaphor for the artist perception of the history of his people.