Second Friday ArtAbout! Reception: July 10, 6 – 8 pm
“Today painters do not have to go to a subject matter outside of themselves. Most modern painters work from a different source. They work from within.”
The Chilean artist Roberto Matta used the term “inscape” for a series of landscape-like abstract or surrealist paintings, reflecting “the psychoanalytic view of the mind as a three-dimensional space.” Like Matta, Fernando Duarte works on the principle of inner realism. Influenced by Klee, De Chirico, Picasso and the American Modernist movement, Duarte finds that most of his images begin as a musical or poetic idea that takes him deep into an inner landscape.
“There is no abstract art,” Duarte says. “Geometry creates intersections and angular compositions with light and shadow, but these are not only architectural spaces, they are expressions of internal relationships between ideas, moods, and memories that convey the artist’s inner nature.”
Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, where Gabriel Garcia Marquez launched a literary career in “magical realism,” Fernando Duarte spent his formative years in Bogotá among an artistic family of Lebanese and Latin descent. Along with his brothers, he studied art at home as a young child and at age 16 was chosen as a promising new artist to show his work at the prestigious Luis Angel Arango Center. Duarte studied at UJTL and SENA in Colombia and holds an MFA degree in Design. He has lived in the United States since 1984, and his work has been exhibited throughout Northern California.