Contemporary Baroque: Contrasts and Lights in the Paintings of Abisay Puentes

Contemporary Baroque: Contrasts and Lights in the Paintings of Abisay Puentes

When I think about my work and how it has evolved over the years, a key word that constantly resonates is "baroque." Not the classical baroque of centuries past, but a contemporary reinterpretation that seeks to capture the essence of that movement, adapting it to our current times.

In my work, the baroque style is reinvented with a modern intensity. I am inspired by the great masters, but at the same time, I strive to add my own imprint, creating an atmosphere that is both familiar and novel. My paintings are a testament to baroque influence through the pronounced use of light contrasts set against extreme darkness.

One of the most distinctive characteristics of my style is the use of warm, earthy tones illuminated by forced light spots that create dramatic contrasts. These techniques not only highlight specific areas of the landscape but also emphasize fragments of human anatomy. In works such as "In the Pit of Desolation" and "The Answer," I have sought to capture that constant tension between light and darkness, between hope and despair.

In "In the Pit of Desolation," for example, violent contrasts dominate the scene. The human figure, trapped in a supplicant and alienated pose, is enveloped in deep shadows, while the light aggressively highlights certain parts of the face and hands. This lighting technique is not accidental; it seeks to create a theatrical effect that immerses the viewer in a visual narrative loaded with emotion.

On the other hand, in "The Answer," the individual shares the scene with Adam, who observes him intently, while Eve remains in the background, almost nullified by the shadows. Here, the play of light and shadow not only adds depth to the composition but also suggests a broader story, a symbol-laden interaction.

My interest in contemporary baroque is not limited to lighting and contrast techniques. I also strive to integrate elements of Mannerist composition, with exaggerated distortions of human anatomy that add drama and complexity to my works. These distortions are not meant to be grotesque but rather to express the internal tensions of my characters, reflecting their constant struggle to find meaning and redemption in a chaotic world.

In my paintings, the human figure often appears in forced, almost twisted poses that suggest torment and despair. But there are also moments of calm, of introspection, where the characters seem to find a kind of fleeting peace. This balance between agitation and tranquility is essential to capture the essence of contemporary baroque.

Baroque influence in my work also manifests in the way I use space. I am fascinated by the idea of creating scenes that seem to extend beyond the canvas, inviting the viewer to imagine what happens outside the frame. This technique not only adds depth to the composition but also creates a more intimate connection between the work and the viewer, making them participants in the visual narrative.

Another crucial aspect of my style is the integration of music and painting. When I paint, I enter a state of deep connection with the forms and colors. This connection generates in my mind the music that later becomes the basis for composing the soundscape of the paintings or the entire series to which the painting belongs. Like the baroque masters, I believe the arts should not exist in isolation. Music, with its ability to evoke deep emotions, is an integral part of my creative process. While I paint, I listen to musical pieces that reflect the mood I want to capture in my work. This synergy between sound and image adds an additional layer of meaning to my paintings, allowing for a richer and more immersive experience for the viewer.

Reflecting on my artistic journey, I see contemporary baroque as a powerful tool to explore the complexities of the human condition. My works not only seek to delight visually but also invite the viewer to deep introspection, to question and reflect on their own existence and the forces that shape it.

Ultimately, my goal is to create art that resonates on multiple levels, that speaks to both the intellect and the emotions. I want my paintings to be windows into a world where light and darkness coexist in an eternal dance, reflecting the struggles and triumphs of human life.

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