FROM THE BOUNDARIES OF REALISTIC FICTION TO THE DIMENSION OF PLAIN IMAGINARY

The use of a realistic depiction of the human body within a composition filled with shapes and colors without any reference to the real world, far from being a thematic paradox or conceptual ambiguity, it symbolizes a thoughtful reflection upon representativeness in painting. This symbology suggests a redefinition of the concept of pictorial through the transformation of objective descriptivism into an image of extremely peculiar plasticity. This critical stand with regard to the core of artistic creation is always present in Sebastião Rodrigues’s work. In his earlier exhibitions when we were introduced to the mature semantic morphology of his artwork. Mr. Rodrigues already contrasted the expressiveness of the human anatomy with intense and vigorous brushstrokes in order to generate movement, dynamism and mutation. Since then, his compositions have simultaneously shown a breathtaking background of vanishing figures contrasted with a dialectic remaking of mass, shapes, volumes and new colors.

In this exhibition of his latest works, the artist trespasses the fictional boundaries of realism and delves even further into a fully conceptual dimension.

João Carlos Cavalcanti
Art Reviewer // September, 1992

 

The basic feature of Sebastião Rodrigues’s painting is its extraordinary freedom in the conception of the image and its technical expression. This freedom is obvious both in the integration of the figurative outline of the human anatomy with the abstractionist tension and movement within the picture itself, and in the modeled shape and volume of these figures which sometimes seem to dismantle in fragments of color and light, and other times originate from a fusion of stains and graphisms. In Mr. Rodrigues’s compositions, obviously emotional, sensual brushstrokes, expressing his intuition on the function of the non-static form, coexist with an intentional rationality in the conception of the artwork as a whole. His representations, filled with a kind of permanent and inexorable energy, depict the organicism of emotion, feeling and imagination, and express the vital metaphor of the human soul.

João Carlos Cavalcanti
Art Reviewer