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Raúl Cordero

Conceptual art, Painting, Video • Born in Havana, Cuba • Studied at ISDI (Havana) & Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten (Amsterdam)
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"Artists are the elite of the servant class..." Jasper Johns

Raúl Cordero is a contemporary artist born in 1971 in Havana, Cuba. He currently lives in Mexico City. He studied fine arts and design at Academia San Alejandro and ISDI, in Havana, Cuba; and later at the Graphic Media Development Centre and the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, in Holland.
The main focus in Raúl Cordero’s work is human virtue and its constant need to emerge. Specifically, in arts and other cultural manifestations....

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Raúl Cordero is a contemporary artist born in 1971 in Havana, Cuba. He currently lives in Mexico City. He studied fine arts and design at Academia San Alejandro and ISDI, in Havana, Cuba; and later at the Graphic Media Development Centre and the Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, in Holland.
The main focus in Raúl Cordero’s work is human virtue and its constant need to emerge. Specifically, in arts and other cultural manifestations. He also explores ideas such as cultural validation, transcendence and classicism. By means of recurring motives that he transforms and revisits, he defends his own universe through his work, using computers and printing media to “re-construct” images that will finally become traditional oil paintings. Taking his deep knowledge of western tradition of painting as a frame of reference, his work constantly revolutionizes the pictorial process by relying on contemporary technological breakthroughs. He uses this technology to celebrate the grandiloquence of the most important and historically innovative medium in art history: Painting.
The relationship between what is apparently “old”, or “new” is also very important in Cordero’s work. We live in a time when, due to the rapid pace at which technology has been replacing science and intellectual rigor, something “new” appears every single day —even in art. “New” is not a value anymore; it is a daily condition. For this reason, Cordero focuses on the symbolism of the obsolete, of what is no longer “useful”, but rather exists only for its aesthetic and ethical importance. This also grounds his preference for painting, whose importance nowadays is also more symbolic than functional, given that the slow and obsessive way of creating a traditional painting is inconsistent with the speed at which images are currently “obtained”.
His paintings depict the cohabitation of both a deconstructed figuration (soft-edge) and abstract forms (hard-edge), as well as a very personal way of adding and overlapping texts referring to the daily experience of making art nowadays. These texts are pierced to semi-transparent elements that feign crystalline “windows”, distorting the classical figure-ground perception. As a result, his work connects the figurative pictorial language with its subsequent metamorphosis into abstraction and modernism. At the same time, it questions how visual language has given way to textual information in contemporary art.
His work can be seen in public collections around the world, including the Musée National D’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou in Paris, France; Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, in the United States of America; El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, in Havana, Cuba; The Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK) in Gent, Belgium; El Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno and Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC) in Spain; among many others. His work is represented by Mai 36 Galerie, in Zürich, Switzerland.

Untitled (Art made...). 2015.Triptych. 108 x 80 cm (each) / 108 x 250 cm (overall)

Untitled (Art made...). 2015.Triptych. 108 x 80 cm (each) / 108 x 250 cm (overall)

Untitled (Artists who need attention...). 2016. Oil on canvas. 200 x 170 cm / Untitled (Artists who need production...). 2016. Oil on canvas. 200 x 170 cm

Untitled (Artists who need attention...). 2016. Oil on canvas. 200 x 170 cm / Untitled (Artists who need production...). 2016. Oil on canvas. 200 x 170 cm

Untitled (Showbiz, cool, curated, fabricated...). 2016. Oil on canvas. 115.3 x 115.3 cm

Untitled (Showbiz, cool, curated, fabricated...). 2016. Oil on canvas. 115.3 x 115.3 cm

Untitled (Blind contemporary art believers...). 2015. Oil on canvas. 175 x 145 cm

Untitled (Blind contemporary art believers...). 2015. Oil on canvas. 175 x 145 cm

Untitled (Curator's Pick... -After Hobbema-). 2015. Triptych. Oil on canvas. 230 x 190 cm (each). a) Curator's pick of the month... / b) Curator's pick of the week... / c) Curator's pick of the day... ©Photo by Peter Baracchi

Untitled (Curator's Pick... -After Hobbema-). 2015. Triptych. Oil on canvas. 230 x 190 cm (each). a) Curator's pick of the month... / b) Curator's pick of the week... / c) Curator's pick of the day... ©Photo by Peter Baracchi

"TRANSIENT POETRY", solo show at Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich. 2015 ©Photo by Peter Baracchi

"TRANSIENT POETRY", solo show at Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich. 2015 ©Photo by Peter Baracchi

"TRANSIENT POETRY", solo show at Mai 36 Galerie, Zürich. 2015 ©Photo by Peter Baracchi

Untitled (Artists who want...) 2015. Diptych. 200 x 170 cm (each). a) Artists who want to say things / b) Artists who want to meet people... ©Photo by Peter Baracchi

Untitled (Artists who want...) 2015. Diptych. 200 x 170 cm (each). a) Artists who want to say things / b) Artists who want to meet people... ©Photo by Peter Baracchi

"DIE NEUE BUKOLISCH", solo show at Nova Invaliden Galerie, Berlin. 2016

"DIE NEUE BUKOLISCH", solo show at Nova Invaliden Galerie, Berlin. 2016

Untitled (Reduced to mere content...). 2016. Oil on canvas. 250 x 195 cm / 98 x 76 inches / Untitled (Malerei für blinde Zühorer...). 2016. Oil on canvas. 250 x 195 cm / 98 x 76 inches

Untitled (Reduced to mere content...). 2016. Oil on canvas. 250 x 195 cm / 98 x 76 inches / Untitled (Malerei für blinde Zühorer...). 2016. Oil on canvas. 250 x 195 cm / 98 x 76 inches

Untitled (Light dims if you dig too hard for its meaning...). 2016. Oil, wax and polyester on canvas. 250 x 195 cm / 98.5 x 77 inches

Untitled (Light dims if you dig too hard for its meaning...). 2016. Oil, wax and polyester on canvas. 250 x 195 cm / 98.5 x 77 inches

Untitled (Unexploited Circumstances...). 2016. Oil, wax and polyester on canvas. 175 x 145 cm / 69 x 57 inches

Untitled (Unexploited Circumstances...). 2016. Oil, wax and polyester on canvas. 175 x 145 cm / 69 x 57 inches

Untitled (Words are wind...). 2017. Oil and wax on linen. 108 x 80 cm / 42.5 x 31.5 inches / Untitled (Knows or flows...). 2017. Oil and wax on linen. 108 x 80 cm / 42.5 x 31.5 inches

Untitled (Words are wind...). 2017. Oil and wax on linen. 108 x 80 cm / 42.5 x 31.5 inches / Untitled (Knows or flows...). 2017. Oil and wax on linen. 108 x 80 cm / 42.5 x 31.5 inches

Untitled (Struggling to remember everything we made a point in forgetting...). 2017. Oil, wax and polyester on canvas. 250 x 195 cm / 98.5 x 77 inches

Untitled (Struggling to remember everything we made a point in forgetting...). 2017. Oil, wax and polyester on canvas. 250 x 195 cm / 98.5 x 77 inches

Untitled (The wise who knows not...). 2017. Oil, wax and polyester on canvas. 116 x 116 cm / 45.5 x 45.5 inches

Untitled (The wise who knows not...). 2017. Oil, wax and polyester on canvas. 116 x 116 cm / 45.5 x 45.5 inches

Three Pastorals: 1. Timed out drama... / 2. Bad as good taste... / 3. The blind listener... 217. Oil and wax on canvas. 175 x 145 cm / 69 x 57 inches (each)

Three Pastorals: 1. Timed out drama... / 2. Bad as good taste... / 3. The blind listener... 217. Oil and wax on canvas. 175 x 145 cm / 69 x 57 inches (each)

Untitled (The race progressed between the monotonous security of the know and the dread of doing what had been done before...). 2017. Oil, wax and polyester on canvas. 195 x 250 cm / 77 x 98.5 inches

Untitled (The race progressed between the monotonous security of the know and the dread of doing what had been done before...). 2017. Oil, wax and polyester on canvas. 195 x 250 cm / 77 x 98.5 inches

Raúl Cordero "Transient Poetry" video by Mai 36 Galerie

This video was made and published by Mai 36 Galerie on occasion of Raúl Cordero´s solo show "Transient Poetry", on April 2015.


WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno. Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain.

DAROS Latinoamérica. Zürich, Switzerland.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

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