Spiritual Realism in the Painting of Abisay Puentes

Spiritual Realism in the Painting of Abisay Puentes

Dr. Juan Enrique Guerrero, with his profound knowledge of art and spirituality, has been instrumental in interpreting my work, highlighting the spiritual realism that permeates my creations. This approach focuses not only on visual representation but also on exploring the deeper, spiritual dimensions of the human being.

Quote from Dr. Guerrero: "This psychology in religious art is neither pessimistic or optimistic; it is of deep Christian realism, a sign of eschatological hope. The painter assumes the Apocalyptic atmosphere to illustrate what it says".

Spiritual Realism as a Means of Expression

Spiritual realism in my work is manifested through the representation of human figures immersed in a context of internal struggle and search for meaning. These figures are not merely characters on a canvas but representations of moods and spiritual experiences that resonate with the human condition.

Personal Commentary: For me, art is a way to connect with the spiritual. Through my paintings, I attempt to capture the essence of what it means to be human in a world full of challenges and contradictions. My works are an invitation to explore these deeper dimensions and to find hope amidst despair.

Influences and References

Dr. Guerrero mentions how my work sits within a tradition of Christian realism that is neither pessimistic or optimistic but deeply realistic. This tradition includes influences from artists such as El Greco and Rembrandt, who also explored the spiritual dimensions of human existence through their art.

Quote from Dr. Guerrero: "Through the intricacies of his pen, biblical time circulates, to which his brush adapts like a mesh to the body. 'Figures in continuous rippling as on the surfaces in Velázquez' (according to Camón Aznar) brushed by the passage of shadows seeking light as in Rembrandt's canvases".

Technique and Style

The use of light and shadow, as well as composition and color, are crucial elements in creating this spiritual realism. Dr. Guerrero highlights how I use these elements to create an atmosphere that invites reflection and contemplation.

Personal Commentary: The technique I use in my works is carefully selected to highlight the spiritual dimension. Light plays a crucial role, not only as a visual element but also as a symbol of hope and redemption. Through the manipulation of light and shadow, I attempt to guide the viewer on a spiritual journey that goes beyond the surface of the painting.

The Viewer’s Response

Spiritual realism is not only a visual experience but also an invitation to introspection and reflection. I hope my works provoke an emotional and spiritual response in the viewer, leading them to explore their own beliefs and experiences.

Quote from Dr. Guerrero: "His work is unsettling, it does not allow beauty to rest because what his ingenuity demands of form does not satisfy him. In his strokes, unexpected expressions stand out, the rigid change of the final destiny of man and the world".

Personal Commentary: The responses I have received from viewers often reflect a deep connection with the spiritual themes I explore in my work. Many have shared how my paintings have helped them face their own internal struggles and find a sense of peace and purpose. This feedback is invaluable, as it confirms the effectiveness of my approach and motivates me to continue exploring and deepening these themes.

Spiritual Realism in Historical Context

Spiritual realism has a long tradition in art history, from the mystical works of El Greco to the psychological explorations of Rembrandt. These artists used their technical skill to capture not only the physical appearance of their subjects but also their spiritual essence. In my work, I seek to continue this tradition, using art as a means to explore and express the deeper dimensions of human existence.

Quote from Dr. Guerrero: "The painter assumes the Apocalyptic atmosphere to illustrate what it says (Revelation 7:9) 'After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands'".


Spiritual realism in my work is an exploration of the deeper dimensions of the human condition. Through painting, I seek to capture the internal struggle and search for meaning that we all face. Dr. Juan Enrique Guerrero's analysis provides a valuable insight into how these themes manifest in my work, highlighting the importance of spirituality as a continuous source of inspiration and reflection.

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