Douglas Arguelles

From the series: Soliloquy. #. 11

Oil on canvas.

112 x 82 in

2020


From the series: Memory. #. 1/ Theodore Roosevelt

Oil on canvas.

78 x 78 in

2020

Douglas Argüelles Cruz is an artist who create drawings, large-format paintings, objects, and installations are linked by the notion of reality and historical and cultural processes. Argüelles perceives the work of art as a transition between the creative act and the created, motivating us to reach the region where language is exhausted and one is forced to replace it with emotion, with the senses. For the artist, "the idea of reality appears in my works as a kind of dissection. It is described by means of components such as time, space, the imaginary, every day, the existential. Rather than portraying some of these dimensions of reality, I try to catch what only explains itself as an image, once language is a limited tool to express its reality. If we can talk about beauty or illusion, it is precisely there, where language is exhausted as a tool.

Arguelles is an established multi-disciplinary artist who resides in the United States, where he has exhibited widely. Also, his works have been featured in both solo and group exhibitions in Cuba, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, and Algeria. One of Cruz's main interests is in the observation of reality and its interpretation through different lenses of knowledge. His artistic language is conveyed through constant variation, working with different media including drawing, painting, objects, and video installation.