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Statement

My work is mixed media (etching ink, asphaltum and linseed oil) on photographic emulsion. The drawings that I create are free hand renderings of animals and human figures, where chiaroscuro plays a predominant role, and the application of the ink, through a reductive process, gives the work an ambiguous pictorial sense. Above all, I look for simplicity and balance. I manipulate the technical borders between painting, drawing and photography as a way to create images that attract, seduce, confront and engage the viewer’s subconscious mind.

My desire to find crossovers between mediums is aimed at better defining the need for a more personal vision of the figurative aesthetics of representation and the humanistic concepts that are the base of my work.

I am interested on to the study of current ideas in psychology, psychotherapy, spirituality and philosophy that explore the political and socio-cultural conditioning that influences human behavior in contemporary society. The emotional impact of my images communicates a profound and personal psychological response of the time I am living. The representation of animals that I create symbolizes hidden aspects of the modern condition of the human animal, and while reflecting on the animalistic side of our alienated existence, they become psychological manifestations of the inner psyche that transmit profound feelings of solitude and anxiety.

My work is deeply rooted in figuration, coming from the tradition of the Spanish Baroque School. I wish to explore the frontier between the classic and the contemporary by pushing the conceptual and aesthetical sources of this tradition and its historical influence on my art. By using innovative ways of drawing that merge with photography, I create images that are classical in appearance but strongly contemporary in the way they are conceptualized and rendered. These extreme realistic representations of animals are intertwined with abstract and surreal landscapes of pictorial marks that try to psychologically and emotionally engage the viewer. The animals shinning gaze is fixed on something that goes beyond our mental understanding and that creates a sense of restlessness.

Education

1992
Doctoral Studies. Fine Arts
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

1992
M.F.A. Painting
State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

1986
B.F.A. Art Conservation and Painting
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Biography

Juan Perdiguero, born in 1963, in Madrid, Spain, is a mixed media artist that combines photography, drawing and painting in his work. Currently, he is an Professor of Art, in the Drawing area, at the State University of New York at Oswego Art Department. He has been awarded various grants and fellowship including The SCAC Grant, Artworks! National Residency from CEPA Gallery, the Art Matters Inc. fellowship, the Hangar Barcelona International residency, etc. He has exhibited his work in numerous national and international galleries and museums, including Galeria Metropolitana, Galeria Artificial, Exit Art, The Artist Network, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center and the Albright-Knox Gallery. He has lectured extensively about his creative work nationally and internationally. His work is in numerous public and private collections including those of the Castellani At Museum, The Burchfield-Penney Art Center and the David Bowie Art collection. He spends his time creating, teaching and traveling in between Europe and the USA.

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Statement

Mi trabajo está elaborado a partir de una técnica mixta( tinta de grabado, asfalto y aceite de linaza) sobre emulsión fotográfica, donde el claroscuro juega un papel predominante y donde el color actua como elemento secundario, concediendole a la obra un sentido pictórico ambiguo. Sobre todo busco simplicidad y equilibrio en mi obra. En mis imágenes manipulo los limites entre técnicas como forma de atraer, seducir y confrontar al espectador. El impacto emocional de estas, comunica una profunda y muy personal realidad psicologica del tiempo que me ha tocado vivir.

Mi obra artística esta profundamente enraizada en la figuración, proviniendo de la tradición de la escuela barroca española. Estoy constantemente empujando las fuentes conceptuales de esta tradición y sus influencias históricas en mi arte. Al mismo tiempo quiero expandir las nociones estaticas de la pintura y el dibujo para unirlas con la fotografía. Como resultado de todo esto, mis imágenes son clasicas en apariencia pero fuertemente contemporaneas en la forma en que estan conceptualizadas y construidas.

Formacion

1992
Estudios de Doctorado en Bellas Artes
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España

1992
Master en Bellas Artes
State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

1986
Licenciado en Bellas Artes
Universidad Complutense de Madrid, España

Juan Perdiguero,nacido en 1963, original de Madrid, es catedratico, en el Departamento de Dibujo, en la facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad del Estado de Nueva York, en el campus de Oswego. Ha recibido numerosas becas, permios y residencies artisticas entre las que se incluyen SCAC Grant, Atworks, National Residency CEPA Gallery, The Art Matters Inc., Hangar Barcelona, Can Serrat, el Bruch, Three Walls Chicago, etc. Ha expuesto su trabajo creativo en numerossas galerias nacionales e internacionales, entre las que se incluyen Galeria Metropolitana, Galeria Artificial, Marcia Wood Gallery, Ann Nathan gallery, Exit Art, The Artist Network, The Burchfield-Penney Art Center y The Albright-Knox Gallery. Ha dado conferencia sobre los procesos creativos de su obra artistica a nivel nacional e internacional. Su obra se encuentra en numerosas colecciones privadas y publicas entre las que se incluyen the Castellani Art Museum, The Burchfield-Penney Art Center y the David Bowie Collection.

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