Biography

El Rio (The River), 2010

acrylic on canvas

40 x 48 inches

(Cuba, b. 1958)

 

Gustavo Acosta’s cityscapes are imbued with a desolate grandeur, and share a disquieting similarity: they are uninhabited. The absence of people and of human-scale encourages an abstract reading of Acosta’s paintings, as theatrical sets or models. At a glance, Acosta’s paintings appear to be realistic, three-dimensional renderings. Closer inspection reveals a painterly emphasis on a two-dimensional surface. This “push-pull” of three-dimensional and two-dimensional space lends a flickering, instability to Acosta’s imagery. Whether viewed through the lens of history, social criticism, or psychology, Gustavo Acosta’s paintings remain disquieting meditations on the disjunctions of appearance and reality.

Artworks

Gustavo-Acosta-Homework
Gustavo-Acosta-Conspiracy-Theories
Gustavo-Acosta-Academic-Theories
Gustavo-Acosta-Chapter-3
Gustavo-Acosta-Revisiting
Gustavo-Acosta-Mantra
Gustavo-Acosta-City-by-the-Sea
Gustavo-Acosta-El-Rio
Gustavo-Acosta-El-Complice
Gustavo-Acosta-Buscando-La-Sombra
Gustavo-Acosta-Sábado
Gustavo-Acosta-Naturaleza
Gustavo-Acosta-Early-One-Morning
Gustavo-Acosta-Momento-II
Gustavo-Acosta-Momento-III

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