Bruno García is a multi-faceted Venezuelan artist working in sculpture, painting and drawing, who draws on iconography and primitive forms. The recurrent appearance of horses in his paintings are the source of great visual impact, where the symbolization of the equine form evokes the strength of what the artist considers a sacred beast.
He trained at the Escuela de Artes Visuales Cristóbal Rojas in Caracas (1986-1992). In his plastic language, he gathers archaeological and ancestral elements related to the sacred, the force, the divinity and the supernatural, as generators of legends and mythological contents, to whose mysteries he incessantly returns. Likewise, as an heir to the drawing boom in
Venezuela, his style is defined by the energetic line, mastery of anatomy and the expressionism of forms. For this reason, the series presented, Bestia sagrada, Guerreros sagrados and Arquetipo levitante, with their respective variants, have the same identity in their development.
While drawing on the local tradition of primitive wall painting, García’s use of a bright palette of colors also establishes a direct link with contemporary man, thus expanding the viewer’s horizons to a sense of universal culture, memory and shared history.
The equestrian theme has had a long tradition in the history of western art. Garcia takes it up with a very contemporary twist. Many of his ‘beasts’ appear upright, in a hieratic position, with contained strength, chromatically decomposed, with brushstrokes and voids. For the artist Sacred Beast is a “dialogue through visual arts with archetypes, with primitive representations of force, with symbols that animate the vigor of the human spirit; animals that represent power and sacredness… but at the same time are domesticated and subdued. I try to remind the viewer of our human and divine nature”.
At other times the Amazons ride on the beasts, in a symbiosis of forces to face the battle. Sacred warriors “is the cult of the hero, it is the permanent tribute to the warrior’s aptitude and bravery of the hero … in the face of his divine circumstances” While in the series Levitating Archetypes he represents “arcane images of remote times … fallen warriors, sensual figures”.
García is an artist with a long and recognized career, committed to the craft of painting, with a clear and coherent aesthetic concept in all his production, and an outstanding presence in the national and international exhibition circuit, that has earned him national recognition and also outside of the country.