Xavier Rodés: Metaphor
472 West Broadway, New York
June 24 – July 16, 2017
Hugo Galerie is thrilled to present a solo exhibition of new oil paintings by Spanish artist Xavier Rodés.
The Spanish painter is renowned for his ground-breaking treatment of light, precise drawing, and thematic originality. Rodés, trained as a figurative artist, focuses on the composition and the chromatic harmony rather than a pure description in his paintings, suggesting non-conventional ideas.
On his work, Rodés states:
“A natural drawing is the first phase: the initial contact with the chosen theme, the genesis of what will be a painting. The drawing represents the recording, taking possession of what is represented, and its study in depth. In fact, a form of possession… almost a theft of reality.
As an instant hunter, I travel in search of infinite realities, in which I find the protagonists of my paintings. Often, they are vestiges of everyday lives that have been (or are) at the service of people. They are elements full of honesty, dignity, and sometimes a mystery. Like us, they have lived moments of fullness, and misery…of fruitfulness and rest. Like us, they keep moving through the path of their existences… resistant to everything. Yes, it sounds like a metaphor, but it’s something very real.”
Xavier Rodés was born in 1971 in Barcelona, Spain. He studied Art at EINA College, where he created a final project on the subject of “Industrial and Urban Landscape”. Following his first exhibition in 1996, he has exhibited his work at many galleries throughout Spain, most frequently at Sala Parés in Barcelona and Ansorena Gallery in Madrid. He has taken part in several international fairs such as those in Strasbourg, London, and Madrid. His paintings are present in many private and public collections and in galleries worldwide, including USA, France, Switzerland, and Argentina. Rodés lives and works at his home and studio in El Masnou, a small town near Barcelona.