Artist's description:

"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light." - Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azkaban)

My work explores the cultural impact of the social crisis in my native Venezuela, and utilizes symbolism to explore the ideas and sentiments born from this reality. "The Corner" delves into theories of frustration and resilience to analyze how catastrophe has altered the citizen's perception of each other.

The piece depicts two characters placed on opposing sides of a lonely alley inside a slum in Caracas The scenery, dark and dismal, camuflajes the menacing figure resting against a brick wall, while the boy on the right projects divine light from its body that brightness the shadowy setting.

The fantastical elements of the scene, such as the intense colours, theatrical atmosphere and the surreal appearances of the foreground characters, illustrate the hidden socials narratives revolving around his fellow countrymen. These sentiments range from the hopeful belief in the Venezuelan civilians as an agent of positive change, to the notion that they are enemies that one must confront in order to survive.

Materials used:

Oil on canvas

The Corner (2016)

$600

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This artwork is sold by Diego de la Rosa from Canada

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