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Solo ex­hi­bi­tions

The fig­u­ra­tive pieces of Juan Cossio are an amal­gam of artis­tic styles and medi­ums, al­low­ing the viewer to find a syn­ergy be­tween seem­ingly dif­fer­ent el­e­ments. In style, he paints re­al­is­tic fig­ures against ab­stracted back­grounds that range from brush­stroke-like im­ages to in­ter­twined lines and cir­cles and squares.

“I don’t see any gap be­tween re­al­ism and ab­strac­tion so I try to com­bine both worlds,” he ex­plains. “You can see real shapes in ab­stract and vice versa. The point of view is very di­verse and com­pli­cated; it’s just that we are used to see­ing it one way, but if we could deepen our vi­sion of the real world we could find in­cred­i­ble worlds fur­ther where the il­lu­sion of real dis­ap­pears. It’s a mat­ter of ed­u­ca­tion and sen­si­bil­ity.”

In re­gards to medium, Cossio uses ev­ery­thing from paint to pho­to­graphs to find the ideal com­po­si­tion for his art. He ex­plains that grow­ing up with vinyl records, he was fas­ci­nated with the front cov­ers “where many tech­niques were com­bined to achieve amaz­ing im­ages, such as Roger Dean il­lus­tra­tions for Yes or Giger or [Emer­son, Lake & Palmer]. So I use many ma­te­ri­als in my paint­ings, and the air­brush as the main tool.”

He elab­o­rates, “Air­brush al­lows me to take dis­tance from the sur­face and from the tra­di­tional paint­ings with a brush, oil and can­vas. My worked is based on pho­tog­ra­phy, but at the end it goes fur­ther than pho­tog­ra­phy or paint­ing. I con­sider it ‘Hy­brid Art.’”

Cossio’s lat­est works will be on view at R. Alexan­der Fine Art for the solo show New Re­al­ism: Life in Ab­strac­tion from Novem­ber 26 through De­cem­ber 15.

Among his pieces in the show will be Zen Dream and Zen Dream II, which were in­spired by the Zen world and Chi­nese cal­lig­ra­phy. “The fig­ure is al­ways in front of the ab­stract back­ground in a sleepy mood like want­ing to es­cape, or dream,” he says.

Then, his se­ries On Na­ture, which in­cludes the wa­ter­color on pa­per On Na­ture 39, rep­re­sents the be­gin­ning of his cur­rent artis­tic direc­tion where he fo­cuses more on the ab­stracted nat­u­ral world. Cossio ex­plains, “In de­tails such as sea rocks or the sand in the beach is where I find rem­i­nis­cences of ab­stract paint­ings.”

R. Alexan­der Fine Art 5650 Peachtree Park­way • Peachtree Cor­ners, GA 30092 • (770) 609-8662 • www.ralexan­derfin­

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