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Domingo Laya


Domingo Laya

  • Born in 1981
  • Painter
  • Style: Figurative Expressionism
  • Born in Venezuela
  • Based in Chile
  • Works on commissions

Domingo Laya (1981) is a Venezuelan artist based in Chile, who obtained a degree in Visual Arts, specialized in Painting, in 2005, at the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Superiores Armando Reverón, in Caracas.

In his artistic work we notice the configuration of the grotesque as an aesthetic category, whose essential features include the deformity, the terrible, the tragic and the gloomy. It is evident that for Laya the classical notion of beauty is not useful for his intention or need for expression and visual communication; through it he cannot express what he wants, or he cannot express himself as he wants. His work is outlined rather in the grotesque, but from a very personal perspective, which has allowed him to build his own style.

It is opportune to quote Victor Hugo, who in his Prologue to Cromwel (1827), states that “the grotesque (…) on the one hand, creates the deformed and the horrible; on the other, the comic and the comical”. Well, for him “the beautiful has only one type, the ugly has thousands.” That is to say, that the ugly, the grotesque, is one and multiple. The grotesque is a problem of real existence, which manifests itself in all areas of human existence, both collective and individual, and becomes an aesthetic category after the visual artist becomes aware of that situation; then it undergoes metamorphosis, as in the case of Laya, who tells us: “I am my work, even though I paint animals. (…) I am that monkey, and that cat that I paint so much, I am also a pig or a cow, like so many other animals, sometimes I am a hybrid (…).” Through his work Laya manifests himself one and multiple.

In his paintings, the aesthetically deformed animal figures emerge from violent, explosive, gestural stains, loaded with pictorial matter, textures and expressive colors through whose visual elements Laya lets his deepest emotions and feelings flow conditioned by the adversities of life.

José Gregorio Noroño




“Devoción plástica”. Exposición Individual Galería Templarios. Caracas. Venezuela


“Rastro Santo”. Museo Carmelo Fernández. San Felipe. Venezuela


V Bienal Nacional de Artes Plásticas. Homenaje a Perán Erminy. Puerto la Cruz. Venezuela


→ Alternativas, jóvenes artistas. Museo “Carmelo Fernández”. San Felipe. Venezuela.

XXI Salón de Pintura “Rafael Ramón González”. Museo de arte Acarigua-Araure. Venezuela


II Salón de Artes Exxon Móvil, S.A. de Venezuela, Galería de Arte Nacional, Caracas. Venezuela.


IV Salón Universitario de Arte UCV. Biblioteca Central. Caracas. Venezuela. 


Feria Iberoamericana de Artes. Galería Templarios. Caracas. Venezuela. 


Animals in Art Exhibit. Galería Avanti Art Gallery. USA


“Anotaciones de un Bestiario”. Talleres de la Galería 12:00. Bogotá. Colombia. 

“Antes, Durante y Después” Centro Cultural Espai 30 – La Sagrera. España.


Premio IUTEPI. XXI Salón “Rafael Ramón González. Portuguesa. Venezuela.

Mención Honorífica. XII Salón “Carmelo Fernández”. San Felipe. Venezuela

Mención Honorífica. I Salón “Edgar Jiménez Peraza”. Venezuela

Gran premio “Héctor Rojas Meza”. Cabudare. Venezuela 


Primer Premio del Salón Colegio de Médicos”. San Felipe. Venezuela 


Premio Ateneo de Cabudare. Venezuela 


Segundo Lugar del III Festival de Artes Visuales de la Alcaldía de San Felipe. Venezuela

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