critical texts


Ernesto García Peña
Manuel López Oliva
This is an artist who expresses himself by means of a chromatic version in harmony with the subjects he deals with in his works; by means of a record of the landscapes by the signs of “inland”, and by a natural tendency towards fantasy and hedonism, the pursuit of pure sensations in design and in a certain agreement with the projects of memory assertion.

Anyone who has followed his visual poetic art from its early days knows that certain features that were defined back then have remained constant in his works: enjoying the use of lines and masses on a plane, tropisms becoming forms, transparency as a resource, together with abstract elements sometimes, for the sake of suggesting.

A poet whose graphic tends towards the spirit of the Art Nouveau, García Peña occupies a peculiar angle within a generation of artists that echoed the epic of the environment they lived in, which he later internalized and transformed, through figurative operations of his imagination, into a system of suitable metaphors to likewise take on the intimist subject.

In a personal way, his horses from the seventies abandoned the combat they used to represent to acquire a meaning closer to that they had in Chagall’s work, the expressionists in “Jinete Azul” or in Carlos Enríquez’s Cubanism. Neither is mistaken who see in this way of painting a creative event similar to writing poetry.

With this plot of certainties and symbols he offers, with his mouthwatering fruits and fire flowerings, with his female nudes that have not lose the coordinates of dance, and with what it is a combination of strength and tenderness in his work, Ernesto has got conventional weapons that grant him a space of his own. There is no other tendency in his work but the one that is born like an inner song and memories translated by the ups and downs of his hand.

Painting is a party for this artist; even pains are beautiful in his visions.

Thereby the possibility his paintings and drawings have to communicate with different people, and hence likewise that ability, self-contained in his works, of esthetically influence on the environment in which is exhibited.

Manuel López Oliva, artist and art critic.