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Raúl Cordero

Mexico City

Conceptual art, Installation, Painting, Text, Video • Born in Havana, Cuba • Studied at ISDI (Havana) & Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten (Amsterdam)

Published  02/05/2016   |   Updated  09/04/2020

I make text-based works (mostly paintings) as a dialogue with the times we live in.

KNOWN FOR HIS LARGE FORMAT BLURRY PAINTINGS WITH DOTTED TEXTS and his endless investigation into the structure and language of an artwork, Raúl Cordero (Havana, 1971) has established a very personal universe that explores the visual manifestation of language. Cordero investigates at all times the cognitive links between «looking at» and «reading» art.
In his paintings, the mismatch between texts and images resembles the constant...

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KNOWN FOR HIS LARGE FORMAT BLURRY PAINTINGS WITH DOTTED TEXTS and his endless investigation into the structure and language of an artwork, Raúl Cordero (Havana, 1971) has established a very personal universe that explores the visual manifestation of language. Cordero investigates at all times the cognitive links between «looking at» and «reading» art.
In his paintings, the mismatch between texts and images resembles the constant state of distraction in which we live in: we look at something while thinking about something else at the same time. Cordero shows you the world through his eyes in his paintings, in what he has called “the three ranges”: one, is the open wide view (landscapes, general scenery); the second, gathers things and people we are surrounded by (objects, light, shadows, portraits, interiors) and the third, is a metaphorized representation of the quantum reality (energy, particles, vibration); that is, what we can’t see but only feel and still, is what we and everything else is made of.
For him, the change in behavior of a subatomic particle upon being observed is the most interesting of his approaches to art, since it means a different alternative to the old canons of abstraction and figuration in the history of image making. Cordero’s paintings mix difficult-to-see images with difficult-to-read texts that delay the experience in front of them and thus, alter the rapid pace at which art is seen today.
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 in Los Angeles (MOCA), The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, The Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, in the United States of America; El Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, in Cuba; The Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (SMAK) in Gent, Belgium; El Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM) and Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo (MEIAC) in Spain; among many others.

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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

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

Words Are Wind / Knows Or Flows. 2017. Oil on linen

Words Are Wind / Knows Or Flows. 2017. Oil on linen

Words Are Wind / Le Parole Sono Vento. Solo Show at FL Gallery, Milan, Italy.

Words Are Wind / Le Parole Sono Vento. Solo Show at FL Gallery, Milan, Italy.

Three Pastorals. Triptych. Oil on canvas.

Three Pastorals. Triptych. Oil on canvas.

Words Are Wind / Le Parole Sono Vento. Solo Show at FL Gallery, Milan, Italy.

Words Are Wind / Le Parole Sono Vento. Solo Show at FL Gallery, Milan, Italy.

The Seer's Suite. Solo Show at Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, California.

The Seer's Suite. Solo Show at Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, California.

The Seer's Suite. Solo Show at Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, California.

The Seer's Suite. Solo Show at Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, California.

The Seer's Suite. Solo Show at Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, California.

The Seer's Suite. Solo Show at Edward Cella Art & Architecture, Los Angeles, California.

Untitled (Pare de Sufrir...). 2019. LED Bulbs and electric installation on steel frame.

Untitled (Pare de Sufrir...). 2019. LED Bulbs and electric installation on steel frame.

A Winner Without A Loser Is Like A Loser Without A Winner. 2018. Diptych. Acrylic on Canvas.

A Winner Without A Loser Is Like A Loser Without A Winner. 2018. Diptych. Acrylic on Canvas.

Y.O.L.O. 2019. LED bulbs and Electric Installation on Wall.

Y.O.L.O. 2019. LED bulbs and Electric Installation on Wall.

Y.O.L.O. permanently installed at El Espacio 23, Miami, Florida.

Y.O.L.O. permanently installed at El Espacio 23, Miami, Florida.

The Power Of Unclear Text. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

The Power Of Unclear Text. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

The Virtue Of Blurred Images. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

The Virtue Of Blurred Images. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

Untitled (Ahora o nunca...). 2019. LED bulbs and electric installation on wall.

Untitled (Ahora o nunca...). 2019. LED bulbs and electric installation on wall.

Art For The Distracted Mind, solo show at the National Museum Of Fine Arts in Havana, 2019-2020.

Art For The Distracted Mind, solo show at the National Museum Of Fine Arts in Havana, 2019-2020.

Una vez más las masas se equivocan. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

Una vez más las masas se equivocan. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

To Strike The Standard Model. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

To Strike The Standard Model. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

Art For The Distracted Mind, solo show at the National Museum Of Fine Arts in Havana, 2019-2020.

Art For The Distracted Mind, solo show at the National Museum Of Fine Arts in Havana, 2019-2020.

Lo que va a pasar es lo que está pasando. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

Lo que va a pasar es lo que está pasando. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

It Will All Make Sense Someday. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

It Will All Make Sense Someday. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

Art For The Distracted Mind, solo show at the National Museum Of Fine Arts in Havana, 2019-2020.

Art For The Distracted Mind, solo show at the National Museum Of Fine Arts in Havana, 2019-2020.

If Not Now Then When. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

If Not Now Then When. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

A partir de ahora queremos más. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

A partir de ahora queremos más. 2019. Acrylic on canvas

The Things We Thought Were True.../ The Things We Found Out About.../ The Things We Took For Granted... 2019. Triptych. Acrylic on canvas

The Things We Thought Were True.../ The Things We Found Out About.../ The Things We Took For Granted... 2019. Triptych. Acrylic on canvas

Now Is The Time To Do It Later. 2020. Acrylic on canvas

Now Is The Time To Do It Later. 2020. Acrylic on canvas

Now Is The Time To Do It Later (detail). 2020. Acrylic on canvas

Now Is The Time To Do It Later (detail). 2020. Acrylic on canvas

View of the exhibition FOREVER AGAIN AND AGAIN, Galleria Continua, 2020.

View of the exhibition FOREVER AGAIN AND AGAIN, Galleria Continua, 2020.

It Is Just A Matter OF Priorities. 2020. Acrylic on canvas

It Is Just A Matter OF Priorities. 2020. Acrylic on canvas

Embedded Poem (What Made Us Look So Exotic.../ What Made Them Buy Our Drama.../ What Made Us Speak Their Language.../ What Made Them Change Their Minds...). Polyptych. 2020. Acrylic on canvas.

Embedded Poem (What Made Us Look So Exotic.../ What Made Them Buy Our Drama.../ What Made Us Speak Their Language.../ What Made Them Change Their Minds...). Polyptych. 2020. Acrylic on canvas.

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.

Raúl Cordero at National Museum of Fine Arts, Havana.

Video made by URBALA MX about the work process of Raúl Cordero during the making of his exhibition ART FOR THE DISTRACTED MIND / ARTE PARA LA MENTE DISTRAÍDA at Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, Cuba (2019-2020).


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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GALLERIES

Mai 36 Galerie | www.mai36.com

Fredric Snitzer Gallery | www.snitzer.com

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