Azul hendido, 2010, Oil on canvas, 60 x 72 in. 152,4 x 182,8
Matinal, 2010, Oil on canvas, 64 x 64 in. 162,5 x 162,5 cm.
Portal, 2009, Oil on canvas, 72 x 60 in. 183 x 152,5 cm.
Llenos (azules), 2007, Oil on linen, 22 x 22 in. 55,8 x 55,8 cm.
Vacios (azules), 2007, Oil on linen, 22 x 22 in. 55,8 x 55,8 cm.
Untitled, 2006, Oil on canvas, 10 x 10 in. 25,4 x 25,4 cm.
Navajo 1, 2006, Oil on canvas, 10 x 10 in. 25,4 x 25,4 cm.
Navajo 2, 2006, Oil on canvas, 10 x 10 in. 25,4 x 25,4 cm.
Codice Series I-VII, 2008, Oil on canvas, 12 x 12-16-18 in. 30,5 x 30,5 x 40,6 x 45,7 cm.
Rayo de Luz 2, 2006, Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in. 45,7 x 61 cm.
Rayo de Luz 1, 2006, Oil on canvas, 18 x 24 in. 45,7 x 61 cm.
Forma cobalto, 2007, Oil on canvas, 30¼ x 30¼ in. 77 x 77 cm.
Minimo amarillo, 2007, Oil on canvas, 30¼ x 30¼ in. 77 x 77 cm.
Quartets, Series I and II, 2009, Woodcut, 12 x 9 in., 30,5 x 23 cm.
Untitled, 2007, Bronze with patina, 12 x 12 x 1 in 30,5 x 30,5 x 2,5 cm.
Jesús Matheus at Visual Manual Exhibition, CLA Gallery, Boston, 2008
b. 1957 Caracas, Venezuela - lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts
Since 1973, Venezuelan artist Jesús Matheus has studied the art of printmaking intensively, both in Venezuela and Brazil. His paintings and drawings reflect this graphic background in their direct linearity and layers of texture and meaning.
Influenced by modern Latin American artists such as Joaquín Torres-García and Wifredo Lam, as well as by indigenous and pre-Columbian craft and folk art, Matheus executes geometric, minimalist pieces that are cannot be perceived as cold or sterile. Rather, the artwork maintains the warmth and richness of its historical foundations and becomes almost archeological in character.
Critic Carlos Palacios wrote, "Matheus is not interested in re-interpreting history, his visual references remain faithful to the originals and he only arranges them fragmentarily…" The result is drawings, paintings and installations that evoke a history culled from research in culture and ethnicity, expeditions throughout South America and, as always, personal experience.
Jesus Matheus has taught Drawing and Printmaking since 1992 at the Armando Reveron Institute, Caracas, and has exhibited extensively in South America and internationally. His work is part of several public and private collections in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the United States, Spain, Switzerland, France, and Austria. The artist currently lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts.
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