Pan American Art Projects is pleased to announce The Age of the Wind, a solo show of Cuban-born artist Jorge Rios. We will be presenting a new body of work, with several paintings and watercolors. The show opens on May 1st and closes on July 10th.
The artist describes these paintings as composed of two main elements: “Nature as a metaphor for the substantive real world and text as a symbol for knowledge. The paradox of describing natural phenomena that not only precede humanity but are by definition untraceable, is a metaphor for the contradiction of our desire to understand the universe and the narrow limits of this understanding. The structure of the text is always the same grandiose phrase “This Was the First…”. This intentional repetition acts as an echo to the repetitive rhetoric and language structure common in religious narratives.”
Jorge Rios’s work transcends the flatness of ordinary visual language reaching the subtlety, ambivalence and complexity that we perceive more clearly in other art forms such as music or poetry. Rios tries to establish through his art a link between the individual experience of reality and the totality of existence.
He currently lives and works in Chicago, Illinois.
Pan American Art Projects was established in 2001 with the mission to exhibit and promote established and emerging artists from North, Central and South America, providing a context for dialogue between the various regions. We represent a strong roster of contemporary artists of the Americas and hold a collection of important works from Cuba, Argentina, the U.S. and the Caribbean. Our programming reflects these complementary arenas providing a comprehensive historical context for contemporary tendencies in the visual arts from these regions.
The gallery was born from the personal collection of our owner, Robert Borlenghi, who as a founding member of MOCA Los Angeles made his first trip to Haiti in 1990 and found many great artists that were relatively unknown to collectors in the U.S. He made it his mission to collect and exhibit underrepresented artists from Haiti, Jamaica and later Cuba. This mission then transferred to our gallery when we opened in Dallas in 2001, when we began adding actively represented artists from North and South America.