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Beyond color- Salvador Corratgé
Lismeivis León Orta
Beyond color- Salvador Corratgé

Painting, in its continuous evolution, has played a leading role in the constant fight for the strength of figurative language. Inspiration has been able to escape from a specific reality and get rid of any dogma or anecdotal references to establish a universal language. An abstract painting is a completely free creation, conceived in the purest joy or the most dramatic struggle of the senses, built using pure plastic elements, which always suggest aesthetic emotions.

This art, bound to the spirit and to the intellect, remains as a permanent achievement in the work of a creator who has worked for more than fifty years in the Cuban plastic arts. The precursor in our country of the tendency called “geometric abstraction” —in its more polished aspect—, Salvador Corratgé, the founder of the group called Diez Pintores Concretos (Ten Concrete Artists), surprises us again with a work which, without seeking the serenity and perfection of elemental forms, shows the beauty through the harmony in the combination of a wide range of colors.

Always linked by close bonds to all kinds of universal abstract art expressions, his pieces walk the path of change and the pursuit of new ways attached to his spirit of renewal, as he chooses at present one of the most vibrant, lyrical trends of his art.

Un color para este miedo is the expression of an autonomous reality represented by the simple symbology of a continuous change in colors. The light, which appears as a constant obsession in all his works to lighten the artist’s fears and uncertainties, becomes a simple spot or a window opened to his own exterior. The artist spontaneously gives in to a creative activity beyond any previous planning and to the possibility to get self-assertion of its impulses and desires.

The pieces —most of them untitled—, are similar or different among themselves, according to their colors, their combinations or some vertex or point of equilibrium that stand out in the composition. The color spots are conceived with edges geometrically precise. Some weak lines barely suggest certain forms working as “figure” to the colorful “background”.

Always inspired by avant-garde premises, Corratgé reaffirms his condition of innovator by mixing, coherently, the geometric abstraction and the expressionist informalism. Thus, the lack of definition in the limits between the different abstract trends become one of the distinctive features that lead to define his style as original within Cuban abstractionism in the recent past.

Lismeivis León Horta, October, 2002