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By Yasef Ananda Master ALVARO DAZA in Beijing China Beijing, 05/06/2016 (People Online) -The Year of the Cultural Exchange of China with Latin America and the Caribbean maintains a firm step. To date, and since its inaugural gala, magnificent dance and musical performances have won the applause of the Chinese public. Now, as part of the sixteenth edition of the "Meet in Beijing" festival, the main hall of the Millennium Museum hosts the exhibition "Magic and Reality", which shows the works of 28 artists from 13 countries in the region. The curatorial concept of the sample imbricates the notion of magical realism, the dialogue between identities and the relationship with the cultural keys of China. The exhibition not only includes creators of different generations and latitudes, it also maintains a pleasant plurality of languages, poetics and discursive values. Conceived in its active interrelation with historical temporality, it can not be an entelechy or a fixed invariant.Read More
Alvaro Daza, The master Once I read a beautiful and strange note in a literary supplement, in which a literary critic acknowledged that Gabriel García Márquez didn’t actually exist. The columnist, who easily was lost from my memory, said that he was chasing the Nobel winner in many chances, in more than one cocktail party, and in more than five important cities all over the world, wanting to get an interview to find out how he had found the “magic realism” people recognize as his, and always was answered the same, that the so called “Gabo” couldn’t arrive, for some unfailingly explainable reasons. II An old legend, Chinese for you to know better, tells that that once, an artist painted such a perfect landscape, that when he stood up in order to contemplate it, accompanied by a soft breeze coming through the window and by the songs of the birds all over his studio, he experienced such reality that he felt himself part of the painting and went right into it, he lost himself in the majesty of the environment he painted. III Thanks to the editorial industry, the internet, and the periodic publications that flood the stores where you buy newspapers which help us to have a clue of what is happening in this planet, one discovers great men who populate this earth and outcome, disturbing for the best our memory and our way of understanding the world. Thanks to that, one day I met the artist Alvaro Daza, a man who, due to the things he creates, doesn’t seem to belong to the age we were put to live in. Despite the things related to his experience living in this Colombia, where beauty is easily condemned to disappear as a result of vanity and cheap egoism from envious people, the master, Alvaro Daza, has proven that his work is unique, original and unrepeatable. The same as his work has gotten to me, intermittently, sporadically, almost surreptitiously, miraculously, little by little, my admiration for his paintings has increased, because what he does, always gets to our sight augmented. In other words, each time we observe a new piece from the master, independent if it was done before or after the one we saw days before, It is more sublime, more shocking, more beautiful, more impressive. It is very likely that art collectors would be interested in knowing something about the life of this or that artist, mostly if the one that has motivated his predilection or appetite, has broken in the market with something new, but biographies move away to the background, when the artist is more powerful than the theory which inspires the reason for things to be, because the affection, the taste, preferences and sensibility, most times outcome the meanness of logics. IV The Master, Alvaro Daza isn’t like everyone else. He is different. He is clean, pure, clear, sublime, perfect, a builder of new worlds y owner of a rather too original sensibility, to the point of provoking the envy of those who admire him, something that isn’t common in every artist who lives of the art of painting. The whites from the fabric are his accomplices, and even its pores, since they respect the fast pace of the paint soaked brush in such curves it describes when, with the rhythm of the music that accompanies him, he draws a leaf that isn’t a leaf, a cloud that isn’t a heaven petal, but that the viewer consumes, appreciates, reads, sees and respects as such. His landscapes are that nature which even God would have wanted to do before him and his abstract paintings, they are so sublime and original, that he even allows himself to do them with the hand he never trained, to make it important, but they frequently become inspiration for other artists ,who don´t study to create ,in this country. V Sometimes Daza misses the smells of turpentine and linseed, and turns to express more intimate languages with the use of acrylic. Independent of one material or another, Daza is magic, he knows when facing the fabric, huge or medium, what he is going to use, and the result is and will always be, a beautiful piece of art, which will travel to an unexpected place, to illuminate for ever that space it will cover, for the sake of art, culture, and over all, the calm of the spirit of who acquires it. VI A man is known for his works and the greater the man, the easier. That’s why I believe myself to be even friend with Mr. Alvaro Daza. < VII I wouldn’t like to get lost in the immensity of one of his landscapes, as I would like to have enough time, to enjoy them all. How envy we are of those who have more than one of his masterpieces hanging on their walls.German A. Ossa E.: art critic
我与阿尔瓦罗·达萨艺术作品的初次相遇是在北京举办的一个拉丁美洲艺术展览会上。尽管无法说清哪一幅作品才是我的最爱，但毋庸置疑地，阿尔瓦罗·达萨的创作是当天那个美术馆内最耀眼的“明星”，给我留下了极深的印象。他的每一幅作品不仅给予我视觉的冲击，更带给我思想和灵魂的震撼。 “森林”系列作品向我们展示了这样一幅画面：广袤的森林中，一条幽深的小径径直穿过，将森林一分为二。望着它，一切似真似幻。伸出双手仿若能够触碰，就像梦中的天堂；可当你走近，又发现你们是如此遥远。从某种维度来说，“森林”系列作品描绘的正是达萨的内心世界，一个充满统一、协和的世界。我认为，“森林”系列赋予我们重返“和谐”的机会，它使我们沉浸于此，并日渐被感染，被触动。这片无人触碰的“处女地”引领着我们，既赐予我们力量回溯自然之母，也让达萨的艺术世界成功在我们心中驻足。 绚丽的抽象画系列用它那大胆奔放的内在情感、夺人的色彩运用和各种线条组合使我眩晕。与其他现当代艺术作品强调冲突、对抗、分裂相异，达萨对于各种线条组合的运用呈现出一种出人意料的平静和内在协调。它们更像由色彩、光线、几何等多种元素组成的精彩“演出”，是对称与非对称的完美平衡。如，《Dancing Under》中，达萨弯曲的笔触让我想到平静湖面上泛起的点点涟漪，这种技巧借指自然和宇宙——达萨作品的重要主题。 是画家，也是雕塑家。尽管拥有不同身份，但达萨对于艺术的追求却一如始终：和谐、平衡、田园诗。他通过对平凡生活的刻画点亮人们的生活，也将自己的人生哲学融入其中。达萨的绘画语言是世界的，只要用心，大家就能体会。 翻译：齐菲Nataliya Giumiushliu: writer and art journalist
Short critique on Alvaro Daza’s art works Alvaro Daza’s paintings left profound impression on me when I first discovered them at a Latin American art exhibition in Beijing, where his works were undoubtedly the most remarkable exponents in the art gallery. However it is not easy to point out my favorite one; each of the paintings has a magnifying effect on my eye, my mind and soul. The series of forest are big horizontal canvases that portray a forest divided in two visual symmetrical parts by a path, which is the only hint of human being existence in the composition. The paintings draw impression of something in-between reality and fairy tale or even a Paradise, a different reality that is so near and yet so far away. The Forest appears in different time of the day and in various tempers. The Forest is the inner world of the artist, the master, the wise man who had perceived the true harmony and reflected it on his canvases. The massive dimensions of these paintings, forest panoramas, if I may say so, endow us with opportunity to penetrate it, allow us to immerse with it and become a part of its spirit, of its absolute Harmony. “Nudity” of these virgin forests takes us back to our origins, to Mother Nature, which makes it hard to forsake Daza’s world, thus the Forest stays in our hearts forever. Series of colorful abstract paintings enchant me with its inner motion, signature light, combination of straight and curvy lines and forms. Unlike many other contemporary artists’ works, Daza’s combination of straight and curvy strokes and shapes do not create a conflict, resistance or dichotomy, rather it unites both in peace and coherence. It’s a play of colors, lights and geometry… it’s a pure balance of symmetry and asymmetry. Vibrant curvy brushstrokes on a painting like «Dancing Under» remind me of ripples on a lake, which connect it to the nature and the Universe, two important topics in Daza’s works. Daza painter and Daza sculptor is one Daza, because he pursues the same aspirations doing both: harmony, balance, positive energy, idyll and universe. He brings light to the world and let people enjoy it with him. He draws Life, thus his art is philosophy. His language is universal, therefore people from everywhere can understand it only if they use their hearts.Nataliya Giumiushliu: writer and art journalist