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José Caldas

PAINTER
VENEZUELA

José Caldas

  • Born in 1953
  • Painter
  • Style: Landscape / Figurative Expressionism
  • Born in Venezuela
  • Based in Venezuela

For José Caldas (San Cristóbal, Venezuela, 1953) painting has color as the absolute medium to express visual and energetic situations.

After observing the sunset of a landscape in the East of the country and watching the sunrise, the desire was born to externalize the pleasant sensation that he had experienced. He had always liked writing, but he could not capture the essence of what he had felt. He approaches painting by chance, after seeing many artworks hanging on the wall in the house of a valued friend, which left him the restlessness of communicating through the image. This friend was the painter Evelio Giuseppe. He received classes from him, as well as from Alejandro Ríos and Jorge Chacón, locally known artists, who had the wisdom to properly guide his qualities. While Carlos Cruz-Diez and Armando Reverón are considered by him as masters of painting; the first one for the handling of color and the second one, for understanding light as a phenomenological act. Although he began to have a presence in the Venezuelan art scene in the eighties, it was from the nineties that his work began to be recognized.

The work of this artist is an expressionist figuration full of imposing chromaticism. It is worth mentioning that some authors associate his work with Fauvism. Its peculiarity is that the colors are reduced to primary and secondary, with free brushstrokes and pigments applied with a lot of texture, obtaining a high, vibrant and rhythmic contrast on the surface. In natural and urban landscapes, still lifes and house interior scenes, spaces are fragmented through spatial simultaneity to create energetic ‘portals’. The theme of the still life is also frequent, whose allusion to the abundance of food, especially fruit, represents for the artist offerings to the religion that he professes. Caldas maintains that “energy is in constant motion, and this energy is color. (…) This is where my work focuses, on showing the harmonic movement of color, the aura of the landscape.”

Anny Bello

Artworks

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1981

Concejo Municipal del Distrito Sucre, Aragua, Venezuela.

1993

“Redescubrir el paisaje”. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Maracay Mario Abreu, Maracay, Venezuela.

2002

 “El color de Aragua”. Organizada por el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Maracay Mario Abreu y presentada en los espacios de la Casa de la Cultura de Maracay, Venezuela.

2007

 “Colores del espíritu”. Galería Medicci, Caracas, Venezuela.

1989-2009

Participa en el  Salón Municipal de Pintura del Municipio Girardot, Aragua, Venezuela.

1996

I Bienal del Paisaje. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Maracay Mario Abreu, Maracay, Venezuela.

2000

“Polimiradas”. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Maracay Mario Abreu, Maracay, Venezuela.

2004

“Figuración-Fabulación. Venezuela”. Museo de Bellas Artes, Caracas, Venezuela. 

Salón Municipal de Artes Visuales Juan Lovera, participación que será consecutiva en las subsiguientes ediciones del evento, hasta 2008.

2005

Primer Certamen Mayor de las Artes y las Letras. Capítulo Artes Visuales. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas, Venezuela.

2009

V Bienal de Maracaibo, Venezuela.

2010

El grupo de los 5. Galería  Metropolitana, Caracas, Venezuela. 

2012

Salón Aragua. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Maracay Mario Abreu, Maracay, Venezuela.

2013

Salón Municipal la Pintura en Maracay, Aragua, Venezuela.

1993

Premio especial Zapatería Bermúdez en el XVIII Salón Nacional de Arte Aragua, Venezuela.

1998

Primer Premio en el Concurso de Pintura al Aire Libre, El Consejo, Aragua, Venezuela.

2003

Premio Galería Municipal de Arte en el XXIII Salón Municipal de Pintura del Municipio Girardot, Aragua, Venezuela.

2004

Gran Premio Salón Lovera de Caracas, Venezuela.

2005

Primer Premio con la obra titulada Modoke. Primer Certamen Mayor de las Artes y las Letras. Capítulo Artes Visuales. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas, Venezuela.

Premio Municipal de Caracas en el Salón Juan Lovera.

2006

Gran Premio en el XV Salón de Artes Visuales Francisco Lazo Martí, Casa de la Cultura de Calabozo, Guárico, Venezuela

Premio Galería Municipal de Arte en el XXVI Salón Municipal de Pintura del Municipio Girardot, Aragua, Venezuela.

2008

Primer Premio  del Salón Confanorte, Colombia.

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