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José Luis Vargas
Hyppolite’s Flowers, 2019
Oil on canvas
86.25h x 69.75w in
219.08h x 177.17w cm

José Luis Vargas: Myth-making

February 28—March 28, 2020

After hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in 2017, the storm gave way for Vargas to take a sharper look at the mythical gaze, and he found himself giving images in his paintings an internal drama of revelation and humanity of their own. Having been a characteristic of what he does and the way he thinks, elements like fantasy, religion, science fiction and the supernatural are faithful companions in his narratives. In Myth-making, the need for a narrative is a natural gesture as images organize themselves into mythical and power structures. Whether they are absurd, humorous, dramatic, tragic or, mysterious, it results in a tendency that feels very much at ease finding an appropriate context to unfold these emotions.
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José Luis Vargas
Todo fue un maleantendido (Everything was a misunderstanding), 2003
mixed media on canvas
81.75h x 107w in
207.65h x 271.78w cm

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José Luis Vargas
Various Titles, 2014- 2015
mixed media on haitian street painting
8h x 10.25w in
20.32h x 26.04w cm

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José Luis Vargas
Olvídalo (Forget it), 2017
mixed media on canvas
77h x 100.75w in
195.58h x 255.91w cm

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José Luis Vargas
Mami Wata, 2019
oil on canvas
84.25h x 54.25w in
214h x 137.80w cm

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José Luis Vargas
In two places simultaneously, 2017
Oil on canvas
77h x 87w in
195.58h x 220.98w cm

The faces and figures in the work become surrogates of very deep thoughts related to a sharper gaze. The duality in the works were created by many years working with people from different backgrounds, and his studio practice interestingly submerged the people that inhabit the paintings. People on the edge of the sublime and the mythical without forgetting their human nature.
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José Luis Vargas
Mami Wata, 2019
oil on canvas
84.25h x 54.25w in
214h x 137.80w cm

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José Luis Vargas
In two places simultaneously, 2017
Oil on canvas
77h x 87w in
195.58h x 220.98w cm

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José Luis Vargas
Sorcere, 2018
Oil on canvas
83.75h x 52w in
212.73h x 132.08w cm

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José Luis Vargas
Sorcere, 2018
Oil on canvas
83.75h x 52w in
212.73h x 132.08w cm

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José Luis Vargas
Red Souvenir, 2018
Oil on canvas
83h x 69w in
210.82h x 175.26w cm

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José Luis Vargas
Hyppolite’s Flowers, 2019
Oil on canvas
86.25h x 69.75w in
219.08h x 177.17w cm

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José Luis Vargas
Various Titles, 2014- 2015
mixed media on haitian street painting
8h x 10.25w in
20.32h x 26.04w cm

Jose Luis Vargas was born in 1965 and is a graduate of the Royal College of Art in London; Pratt Institute New York, and The Skowhegan School of Painting and sculpture in Maine. Past exhibitions include Roberto Paradise, PR; Museo de Arte, Caguas, PR; Tripoli Gallery, NY, Rachel Uffner Gallery, NY, and Embajada, PR. He lives and works in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

About Bill Brady Miami

Bill Brady has never been one to follow the crowd – over the last 19 years he’s owned galleries in NYC’s East Village (ATM Gallery), the West Bottoms of Kansas City, and now, Miami’s Little River. Motivated more by energy and intuition than the trends of the art market, he’s given many of today’s prominent contemporary artists their first gallery exhibitions, including Huma Bhabha, Joe Bradley and Tomoo Gokita.
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José Luis Vargas: Myth-making
February 28 – March 28, 2020