Ramon Aular’s Espacios
Premiere of Ramon Aular’s Espacios, Art Basel 2012
December 3rd 6:30-9:30
167 NW 25th St.
Miami, FL 33127
Connecting Inner and Physical Spaces
“Somehow life after a while connects everything”
With a Visual Arts degree from the University of Cristobal Rojas in Caracas, Venezuela and a degree in Graphic Design from the Venezuelan Institute of Design, Ramon Aular, a 33 year old Hyperrealist artist, moved to Miami ten years ago to pursue a career in the Arts and away from the political climate in Venezuela.
His Venezuelan background permeates the canvas by the use of red in his work. For Aular, red represents the passion in his country as well as Chavez’s political party. He explains that the country is divided by colors. Those who wear red are generally supporters of the party whereas those who don’t support the party will not wear the color. Aular reflects, “It’s very interesting how a color can define something or divide basically a country.” After seeing the color divide in his last visit, he started painting with a lot of red. “Half of the circles in my Circle of Life pieces are red. I represent Venezuela in my art through my feelings. I’m painting my blood, my passion, my love for my country. I want to go back and do exhibitions there and represent Venezuela all over the world in the best way I can.”
Having worked for notable artists such as Romero Britto, Mr. Brainwash, and Jeff Koons, Aular decided to embark on his own career, opening the Jurarte Studio with his friend Juliana Aragao, in the Ironside District about a year ago.
Aular, an undoubtedly passionate and dynamic artist explains, “Jurarte means I swear. It’s like a compromise or promise to myself and to you as well.” Ramon has been busy working in his studio, preparing for his solo debut during the week of Art Basel 2012, where he will exhibit his collections at the Lombardi Properties office in the Wynwood Arts District.
The exhibit comprises his collection, “Espacios” and two installations.
“Espacios means spaces. Spaces where I’m painting in different mediums, mostly oil on canvas and oil on wood. They represent spaces where I’ve been in my life, spaces that for me, are important, spaces where I’ve spent time for the last ten years in my life. So I decide to paint let’s say for example, a kitchen, that for me is probably important and significant, where I had an amazing experience, but probably for you as a collector, you feel yourself also connected to the piece because probably you like to cook or you’re a chef, or you had an amazing experience as well in the kitchen. So I said I’m going to start painting spaces where people spend time. It can be a sofa where you lay down everyday to watch tv. Places that are important to you, where you spend hours of your life.”
The other 2 installations complement “Espacios” with the internal, emotional, and spiritual concepts of spaces.
“Somehow life after a while connects everything. I’m painting spaces and also I’m painting feelings, moments, inner spaces that I felt in those physical spaces.” Aular explains that after having been away from Venezuela for almost ten years, he went back last December, which inspired one of the installations.
“It was a very emotional and very significant trip for me. In the meantime while I was travelling there, I started painting to feel productive, to express myself, to express the feelings about that trip. I start painting about 200 small pieces, painting from the soul.”
Ramon intertwines the concept of spaces, the physical and the inner.
“I want to also show those feelings that I felt during those physical spaces. If I’m painting a living room, probably in the living room in Venezuela I felt so many emotions, that when I left Venezuela, I started thinking about them and expressing them with just traces, with just a few colors probably just abstract, but then, after a year, I’m connecting them, I can call them my physical spaces and my inner spaces.”
Expanding on the concept of spaces, Aular broadens the work with a more spiritual perspective with his installation, the Circle of Life.
“With these physical spaces I’m also connecting the Circle of Life. The same way I painted the 200 small pieces expressing my inner feelings, I also decided to paint the circle of life…my life. Something happened this year. There have been a lot of transitions, a lot of changes, a lot of growing. One day I woke up and I was in love. Then, that relationship was over. Somehow when I’ve been creating, moving, changing, painting like crazy, long hours, lot of nights, thinking and feeling, that break up came to my life. The break up came at a point in my life when I was so excited about what was happening in my life.”
“A friend of mine came to me, talked to me and gave me this bracelet with a red string, with the circle of life. Everything starts and everything ends.” Ramon explains that at the time he wasn’t feeling his best due to the breakup and his friend asked him to watch his home for a few days. He took it as an opportunity to bring his paint and bring more work to life. He picked one of his books to paint in, which he had not opened in years.
“Just believing in what I’m doing, keeps me up. I need to paint.” Inspired by the bracelet, he decided, “I’m going to start painting the circle of life.” He opened the book which he bought in Belgium and painted in on the train from Brugge to Paris. The picture was accompanied with a caption, “after an amazing day in Brugge August 26, 2010.” He looked at his watch and it was August 26, 2012. “I was about to paint the circle of life. Life talks to you in a way that sometimes you don’t understand in the moment and somehow after, it all relates.”
Aular delves deeper into his process with the Circle of Life installation. “I start painting with the colors, representing every single moment, every single movement. Red can be love, suffering, and blood. The blue, the green, is hope, the white, the yellow is the light in my life. And the circle, in gold, represents my life, which I feel very grateful and rich about what I’m doing right now. So, believe it or not, a week after I’m painting this, I met up with David, he saw my work and he fell in love. He said to me, ‘I really love what you’re doing and I believe in you. I would love to have you in my space, so you can show your work during Art Basel.’ I felt it was an amazing opportunity to be next to someone like him. It’s an opportunity to show to Miami and to the world during Art Basel, what I’ve been doing for the past year. Probably a week before, I was sad and look at the opportunity I have now. I was painting those pieces a year ago or two years ago without knowing anything and now those pieces are connecting my inner spaces with the physical spaces that I’m representing. This even surprises me very much and it gives me strength to keep doing it, to believe even more in myself, to keep painting. One big lesson is to never stop painting, never to paint something thinking about why I’m doing it. I’m just painting my feelings, and now there is an answer. I paint and somehow later they’re going to connect with the experience in my life.”