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RAVI ZUPA

Love Thy 

The name for the show, Love Thy, comes from the often-cited Biblical verse, “Love thy neighbor as thyself” The title is fitting for a show by an American artist in a Mexican gallery, as political forces aim to divide the two countries that are socially, economically, culturally and geographically linked.  

 

This connection between Mexico and The United States is obvious in our day-to-day encounters as food, art, traditions, entertainment and ideas from both places have effortlessly passed through the militarized border that divides us. Zupa’s work that incorporates Mexican and Aztec imagery is proof of that. But he also uses imagery and inspiration from around the world. The mash-ups not only display the contrast between art and cultures across the globe but also their similarities and how beautifully they work when used in concert.  These pieces are made from a variety of techniques including several forms of printmaking, drawing, painting, sculpture and assemblage. Every image within each artwork was created by Zupa by hand. 

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Ravi Zupa se inspira en la frase proveniente del versículo bíblico frecuentemente citado Love Thy = "Ama a tu prójimo como a ti mismo". Haciendo alusión a la siempre tensa relación política entre México y Estados Unidos y a la crisis migratoria actual.

 

Para esta nueva serie de pintura, collage, gráfica, escultura e instalación, Ravi Zupa integra iconografías mexicanas y prehispánicas creando mash-ups que no sólo muestran el contraste entre el arte y la cultura del mundo, sino también sus similitudes y lo bien que funcionan cuando se usan en conjunto. La obra de Ravi Zupa integra imágenes aparentemente no relacionadas en busca de algo universal.

ABOUT RAVI ZUPA

Después de pasar décadas estudiando libros sobre Arte, Mitología, Religión e Historia, Ravi Zupa (Denver, 1977) ha creado un lenguaje visual único que combina magistralmente las influencias de los grabadores del Renacimiento Alemán, los Primitivos Flamencos, los Expresionistas Abstractos, Artistas tradicionales Japoneses y la Pintura Mogol de la India con la iconografía religiosa de Europa, Asia y América Latina Precolombina, así como la Propaganda Revolucionaria.

 

Su obra revela un aura de aspecto antiguo con temáticas contemporáneas y conciencia política, abordando temas como la violencia, la lucha, el anarquismo, la distopía, la cultura pop, la ideología y las figuras de poder.

 

A lo largo de su práctica en el estudio, Zupa ha utilizado una gama interminable de medios, desde el uso de pintura sobre lienzo, collages de revistas y libros antiguos, hasta el uso de componentes de máquinas de escribir para crear un arsenal de armas (Mightier Than Series).

 

Having spent decades studying books about the art, mythology, religion, and history of cultures from across geography and time, the Colorado-based artist Ravi Zupa creates a unique visual language which masterfully combines influences from German Renaissance printmakers, Flemish primitives, abstract expressionists, Japanese woodblock artists and Mughal painters to religious iconography from Europe, Asia, and Pre-Columbian Latin America, as well as revolutionary propaganda from around the world. His works integrate seemingly unrelated images in search of something universal.

 

His art has an old-looking aura while being colored with contemporaneity and political awareness, tackling issues such as violence, struggle, anarchism, dystopia, pop culture, power, ideology, and political figures, among others.

 

Throughout his multifaceted studio practice, Zupa has been using an endless range of mediums, from using paint on canvas to scrap newspaper and recycled media for collages, to using typewriter components to create sub-machine guns. (Mightier Than Series)

 

 

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