FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ARNALDO ROCHE / HOMAGE
March 14 – May 16, 2020
Arnaldo Roche (b. Puerto Rico,1955-2018 ), was one of the most important Latin American artists of his generation. Latin American Masters exhibited Roche’s paintings for two decades. Homage features sixteen of Roche’s paintings and celebrates the legacy of this gifted artist.
Roche may be best known for his remarkable Self-Portraits, eight of which are included in Homage. The subject of self-portraiture allowed Roche to investigate the complexities of identity, the tensions of private self and public persona. Homage also includes a remarkable group of still-lives, which combine expressionistic violence with passages of tender, votive beauty.
In 2005 Roche began painting increasingly monochromatic works in tones of blue. Roche said these paintings "were triggered by the Tsunamis that devastated Indonesia" in 2005. Thereafter, Man’s vulnerability to natural disasters became a persistent theme in Roche’s work. Homage includes several examples of Roche’s monochromatic “Blue Paintings,” including mask-like works, combining gesso, oil, and wood.
Whatever the imagery of an individual work, Roche’s art is unified by his singular vision and densely layered engagement with paint. Roche said it best,” It is the physical act of painting which ratifies the urgency of my ideas.”
Arnaldo Roche’s many exhibits include: Latin American Masters of the Twentieth Century, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris,1992-1993; Humor and Rage, Caixa Foundation, Barcelona, Spain, 2001; Paint Made Flesh (with Francis Bacon and Lucien Freud), Phillips Collection Washington D.C., 2010; and Caribbean Crossroads, El Museo del Barrio, New York, New York, 2012.
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