If you’re an artsy New Yorker, then I’m pretty sure you heard of the LIC Arts Open that ran from May 15th to May 19th. This Art festival features over 200-art galleries open to the public free of charge. Other exclusive galleries required a small donation or admission fee. One of which was The Jeffrey Leder Gallery, which presented the first LIC solo exhibition of the Colombian-born American artist Jorge Posada.
Jorge Posada is a painter, print-maker and sculptor who uses a semi-figurative depiction of the human body using a range of intense red hues in his paintings. He grew up in Colombia, where he was inspired by his surroundings, the poverty, and the violence of his homeland. He works by series in a mixed media of charcoal, acrylic and oil on canvas and paper, which address the abstract human form in motion.
In the compositional structure of his paintings and drawings, Posada uses a different textures and motions to separate the emotion behind his art. He says, “It is my intention to be part of a collective memory. I use the human form to explore the body and the rituals of violence which are very much present in my native country as well as in our global society.”
His assistant, Nadia*, says he uses arrows
as a metaphor for the action of going blindly in every direction. “His paintings focus on the depiction of human form, violence, and war not only socially, but the war within ourselves. He is inspired by matters of the world and how it affects the people, his paintings express those sentiments.”
His collective paintings range from $400 to $12,000. For more information, visit his website.
*Named changed as requested.