Rodolfo Oviedo Vega- A Seeker of Freedom
One of the young eminent artists of El-Salvador, Rodolfo Oviedo Vega is an archaeologist of his own life. An artist, designer, architect, reader, and traveller, he wonders around the world in quest of stories, leaving behind the footprints of choices, and creating a distinguished identity. Living as a practitioner of art amid the chaotic rudiments of creativity, in a city in France, Rodolfo navigates his way by following the traces of his own footsteps. He marks his trails by collecting the materials like the sand beneath his feet, imbibing the textures underneath his palm, and marvelling at the knowledge of his discoveries. A persistent reader, philosophy, science, and myths have always been his companion and responded to his curious nature in this journey. Yet, the most substantial is his encounter with the theory of spiritualism prevailing in different societies and cultures.
Rodolfo’s paintings act almost like an axis that centres his distinctive stories. Carefully collected materials like wire, sand, and leaf, amongst others, synthesize with his memories and result in a well-rehearsed composition. Acrylic and neon painted canvases delightfully demonstrate an accumulation of universal or mythological motifs simplified on the verge of abstraction. Correspondingly, the juxtaposition of geometrical patterns, colours, and textures codify his language yet make them intriguing. Taking a close look at the composition reveals layers of motifs like architecture, temple, rays, the sun, the moon, and undoubtedly much more. Perhaps, it depicts the sky with the movement of the sun or the moon in a three-dimensional space where possibly home is the key element. However, according to Rodolfo Oviedo Vega, every painting eludes its viewer to interact for a certain span of time. The piece must have an inherent essence, intense enough to attract the viewer. It should drive the spectator to observe the detail as well as perceive the painting in its totality.
New Delhi 2022
Rodolfo Oviedo Vega
Artist painter, interior designer and cultural administrator. In 2016, he was awarded by the French Government for his cultural work and for consolidating links between France and Latin America. He is currently and President of the Jour et Nuit Culture Association in Paris, a residency and exhibition space for artists, which promotes art and, since 2010, has benefited more than 1000 artists worldwide. Between 2018 and 2022 he was Director of the International Cultural Center of Panama. In 2015, he contributed to the creation of the ACA Association to promote the culture of Central America.
His work is part of various personal and public collections and he has exhibited in more than 20 countries around the world. Among these exhibitions and public collections are the Pompidou Museum in Metz, the Teheran Artist House, the Spanish Ministry of Defence, the Gómez Palace in Havana, Cuba (property of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the Collection Prince Albert of Monaco and Prince Carlos of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies among others.