Gallery III


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LOLA SANTOS

'Going Solo' Award-winner from At the Surface

Keep the Kid Inside You Alive

June 29 - August 10, 2018

I was born in Cordoba, Spain, in 1972. I studied Fine Arts at the Santa Isabel de Hungría School of Arts, in the University of Sevilla, Spain. In 1995,I obtained a Master’s Degree in Artwork Restoration and Conservation. Shortly after graduation, I dedicated myself to the care of my newly formed family. I always kept a close relationship to art by painting as a hobby and by teaching art at several high schools for sixteen years.


My family and I relocated to Raleigh, NC, in 2014, but it was not until 2016 that I decided to pick up the brush and paint again. During a visit to an art exhibition, I felt powerfully drawn to a photography book: “Advance Style. Older and Wiser”, by Ari Seth Cohen. In this book I found photos and stories of mature women and men that exuded freedom – freedom of mind, freedom in dressed, freedom in the way they faced life’s challenges. My pictorial world is inhabited by women, men and kids with dreams and realities, but who are the “main character” in their lives. They create their own lives free of stereotypes and prejudice. I paint portraits of people who bring me curiosity or joy. They are authentic and look at life through a kid’s eyes.
With my artwork I give the viewers the opportunity to play and be curious about the people portrayed in each piece. I invite them to be Sherlock Holmes and to make a story for the people that they have never met, trying to guess who they are, what is their past or their future. Collage, Acrylic and Encaustic are the main media used on my artworks. In my paintings, figurative portraits come forth from the chaos of powerful abstract backgrounds full of textures and colors. I am always seeking balance, my balance.


Upcoming Exhibition

 

Angela Carbone

Sugarcoated Truth

August 17 - September 28, 2018

 Artwork by Angela Carbone.

Artwork by Angela Carbone.

Twenty-First century life integrates regular exposure to controversial cultural, societal, and economic issues. News media consistently bombards us with imagery of violence, war, politics, religion and perspectives on finance. Media has purposely manipulated these ideas. Visually stimulating imagery captures the audience's attention force-feeding complex interpretations to cleverly mask overwhelming truths. Disenchanted and misguided, portions of society are left to riddle through facts in search of truth, liberty and justice.


Through the use of multiple ceramic objects, a layered symbolic dialogue confronts the viewer with a sense of diametric opposition. As the viewer approaches the work for closer examination, the attractive decorative quality of each individual object contrasts the discernment of the unabridged image. The viewer’s analysis of cultural, social and economic issues, encourages contemporary interpretations of liberty and justice. If the work can only provoke a spirited and meaningful dialogue, it accomplishes more than mainstream media has achieved in our current political climate.