Francisco Sepulveda

Promenades Nocturnes

6 March 2021 - 17 April 2021

Vernissage: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March from 12 to 5 pm. 

For the Spring 2021 season, Le Salon Vert will welcome its first exhibition by the Chilean artist Francisco Sepulveda, who has recently joined the artists represented by the gallery. He will present his most recent prints, completed at Geneva’s Atelier de gravure contemporaine, along with some paintings.

In his works, Francisco Sepulveda wields the unique mythology that he has created, inspired by the myths and legends of South America as well as by the ones he’s gleaned from other traditional cultures during his travels. His work abounds with reflections of ancestral animist beliefs, from the time when the connections between humans and nature were not so broken: in this playful universe, large animals with magical auras carry men on their backs, half-human, half-animal or half-plant chimeras draw the viewer’s eye with their hieratic faces, while captainless boats propel their passengers to the Other World, that place of spirits and dreams.  There are hints of highly diverse inspirations tracing their way through Francisco Sepulveda’s work: compositions echoing the surrealism of de Chirico at times, perspectives evoking mediaval illuminations, or the way that surfaces like the sky or the ground are filled with repeated symbols, alluding to the traditional aboriginal paintings that depict “Dream Time”. The different influences infusing his work stand out in that they are all representations of spiritualities that can only be suggested by planes of intense color and a nearly naive figuration of the beings who populate them.

All of this comes together to give Francisco Sepulveda’s work a singular and magical power: each of his pieces is a window, a passageway opening out onto a highly unique world and yet abundant with universal insights.

 

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