Carlos Romaguera

Carlos Romaguera – Puerto Rico

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About Artist

CARLOS ROMAGUERA | artist statement

Human energy and its relationship with cosmic energy have been a constant search in my work, interested in unraveling the trace left of the meeting of both in the intangible world of thoughts and beliefs (the mind) and its response in the sensory approach (feelings), which leads to a subjective and dual interpretation of the surrounding reality.
In my pictorial work I fragment the figure to tiny points and work on a support rich in visual, nontactile textures, which, with the use of superimposed stencils, allow me to create the illusion of disintegration of matter to cosmic dust to emphasize the principle of all unique of origin.
The man-nature relationship is a permanent inquiry in my art, which is why I use the golden spiral because the proportions are natural and visually attractive and peaceful.
My work as an artist has been influenced from the simple lines of the figuration of rock art; the color of Tiziano with fast and long brushstrokes, with small spots that undo the forms; from the kineticism of Tinguely with his “sculpture machines”; Abstraction as the ultimate expression based on the strength of color and the geometric suprematism of Malevich.
My proposal as a visual creator is to establish between work and spectator a look towards the origins, the internal reflection of the being and its awareness of the outside to find the balance between human spirituality and the infinity of the universe as a whole.

 

CARLOS ROMAGUERA | Declaración del artista

La energía humana y su relación con la energía cósmica han sido una búsqueda constante en mi trabajo, interesado en desentrañar la huella dejada del encuentro de ambas en el mundo intangible de pensamientos y creencias (la mente) y su respuesta en el plano sensorial (sentimientos), que conlleva a una interpretacion subjetiva y dual de la realidad circundante.
En mi obra pictórica fragmento la figura a puntos minúsculos y trabajo sobre un soporte rico en texturas visuales, no tactiles, que con la utilización de sténcils superpuestos, me permiten crear la ilusión de desintegración de la materia a polvo cósmico para enfatizar el principio de un todo único de origen.

La relación hombre- naturaleza es una indagación permanente en mi arte, es por esto, que utilizo la espiral aurea porque las proporciones resultan naturales y visualmente atractivas y apasibles.

Mi trabajo como artista ha sido influenciado desde las líneas simples de la figuración del arte rupestre; el color de Tiziano con pinceladas rápidas y largas, con pequeñas manchas que deshacen las formas; el cinetismo de Tinguely con sus “máquinas esculturas”; hasta la abstracción como máxima expresión basado en la fuerza del color y la geometría del suprematismo de Malevich.

Mi propuesta como creador plástico es establecer entre obra y espectador una mirada hacia los orígenes, la reflexión interna del ser y su conciencia del exterior para encontrar el equilibrio entre la espiritualidad humana y lo infinito del universo como un todo.

Carlos R. Romaguera (b. 1957, Santiago de Compostela, Spain)


EDUCATION

1990-1994    He joins Galeria Latinoamericana in Old San Juan, founded and directed by the plastic artist Domingo Garcia. Galeria Latinoamericana was considered an influential art space for major local contemporary artists as well as a learning place for latent painters.

1985-1990    Varied workshops: Theory of color, Composition, Painting techniques, Texture as an expressive element, Drawing human figure, Live model, Serigraphy. Liga del Arte, San Juan, Puerto Rico. 

1977-1982    Graduated as Doctor in Optometry, Higher School of Medicine of the National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City.

1978-1981    Drawing and Painting: modeling courses, with the Mexican painter Ana Maria Landin, Mexico City, Mexico.

1972-1977    Drawing courses with Puerto Rican painter Ruben Bras, Ruben Bras ‘Studio, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
                          – Charcoal, drawing-lace, composition and framing. 
                          – Watercolor, work with glazes. 
                          – Oil painting, Stain canvas (Imprimatura layers) 
                          – Modeling course with mental models 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS     

2020    Vortex , Betsy Padin Space, Liga del Arte, San Juan, PR, Mar 26 – May 13

2013     Escritos en la arena (Writings in the sand) , Art Exhibition Hall, Fundación Angel Ramos (SalaFAR), San Juan, PR. APR 8 – Jun 26 

2007     Augurios (Auguries) , Museo de Arte y Casa de Estudio Alfredo Ramirez de Arellano y Rosell (MARA San German’s Museum of Art), San German, PR 

2006     Augurios (Auguries) , Galeria 356, San Juan, PR 

2005     Trayectoria (Trajectory) , Galeria Coabey, Old San Juan, PR
                Fruts y Vegetales (Fruits & Vegetables) , La Tasa de Oro, NY, USA 

2003     Trabajo reciente (Recent Work) , Casa de España, Old San Juan, PR 

2002     Trabajos recientes (Recent works) , Casa Grande Museum, Mayaguez, PR 

2001      MADRE (MOTHER), Art Gallery of the Humanities Department, University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, PR  

2000      Tiempo (Time) , Old Ballajá Barracks, Museo de Las Americas, San Juan, PR

1997      Con los pies en la Tierra (With feet on the ground) , Galeria Espacio Alterno, Old San Juan, PR 

1996      Trabajos Personales (Personal Works) , Caro Gallery, New Orleans, LA, USA 

1995       Trabajos Personales (Personal Works) , Citibank Hato Rey Branch – San Juan, PR 

1994       Adios al Aljibe (Goodbye to cistern) , Residence Eng. Hector Juncos, San Juan, PR 

1993        Mi Mano y mi Fi rma (My Hand and my Signature) , Artist’s atelier, San Juan, PR  

COLLECTIVE EXHIBITIONS 

2019      International Fair ARTFORO 2019 , 3rd Edition & 1st in Dominican Republic, Palace of Fine Arts, Dominican Republic. Dec 10-15. 

              Utopías, espacios y lenguajes del arte caribeño contemporáneo ( Utopias, space and languages of contemporary Caribbean art)  and homage to the                          Dominican visual artist Tony Capellan, 6 International Congress of Visual Artists, Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD), Dominican Republic. Nov 6. 

              Viaje en Yola (Travel in Yola) , Specialized School of Fine Arts, Ponce, PR. Oct 4 

              POLIFONIA: Convite de artistas de Puerto Rico y Republica Dominicana , within the framework of the Santo Domingo International Book Fair, curated by                        Carlos Acero Ruiz. Quinta Dominicana, Dominican Republic. Apr 16-May 5 

              Con – junciones , Carlos Romaguera & Juan Mayi. Museo de las Casas Reales   (Museum of the Royal Houses), Colonial District, Dominican Republic. Jul 30. 

2018      El Caribe en Puerto Rico (The Caribbean in Puerto Rico) , Museo de Arte Caribbean University (MACU), Bayamon, PR. Nov 7, 2018- May 7, 2019 

               Presencia (Presence) . Thirteen participating Puerto Rican artists, Canvas Miami Gallery, Art Basel week, Miami, FL, USA Dec 6-9 

              Mir adas y Convergencias de las artes visuales, un enfoque al arte tridimensional (Looks and Convergences of the visual arts, an approach to three –                     dimensional art), 

              5 International Congress of Visual Arts . Auditorium Manuel del Cabral the Pedro Mir Library, Faculty of Arts of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo                      (UASD), Dominican Republic. Nov 8

 2016      Biennial SalaFAR 2016 ,  Galeria Bertita y Guillermo L. Martinez, Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (MAPR), MAPR curator Juan Carlos Lopez Quintero and Irene                        Esteves, art historian and member of the SalaFAR artist selection committee. Hato Rey, PR. Jun 24-Sep 25 

2014      Spectrum Art Fair , Art Basel week, Miami, FL, USA. Dec 3-7 

2010      Retorno (Return) , West Gallery, Mayaguez, PR. Jul 10 

2005      In Art We Trust , Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center, historic Lower East Side, Manhattan, NY, USA 

2004      Colectivo (Collective) , Creativo Caribeno Gallery, San Juan, PR  

2003      Colectiva (Collective) , Prinaldi Gallery, San Juan, PR 
                Arte en el Casino (Art in t he Casino), Mayaguez, PR 

2002      Entre el Tiempo y los Pueblos (Between Time and Peoples). Artists; Isabel Bernal and Carlos Romaguera. Banco Santander, Mayaguez, PR   Artistas (Artists) ,                         Prinaldi Gallery, San Juan, PR   Pequeño Formato (Small Format), Galeria Raices, Santurce, PR 

2001      Colectiva (Collective) , Galeria Raices, Santurce, PR 

1995      Collective Art exhibition to aid Down Syndrome Foundation , Museum of Art and History, San Juan, PR 

1992      500 años de Pintura Puertorriqueña (500 years of Puerto Ric an painting) , Museum of the Arsenal, La Puntilla, San Juan, PR   

               Pequeño Formato (Small Format) , Galeria Luiggi Marrozini, San Juan, PR   

               Colectiva (Collective) , University of Dayton, ayton, OH, USA 

               Grupo X , Museum of Art and History, San Juan, PR 

               Colectiva (Collective) , Galeria Coabey, San Juan, PR  

1991       90 años de Pintura (90 years of Painting) , Galeria Latinoamericana, San Juan, PR

                Pequeño Formato (Small Format) , Galeria Luiggi Marrozini, San Juan, PR  

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY  

Blanco, Delia, ‚Carlos Romaguera, simbolismo de una abstracción‛ , ARTFORO magazine S,R,L 2019, pages 68 -71. Dominican Republic
https://issuu.com/guillermobeltre2/docs/artforo_magazine_whatsapp_-_2  

Blanco, Delia, ‚ Carlos Romaguera y Juan Mayí, Con – junciones en el Museo de las Casas Reales ‛ , Hoy digital newspaper, Dominican Republic. Jul 31, 2019 
https://hoy.com.do/carlos-romaguera-y-juan-mayi-con-junciones-en-el-museo-de-las-casasreales/  

Blanco, Delia, ‚Carlos Romaguera y Juan Mayí, Con -j unciones en el Museo de las Casas Reales‛ , Debate Plural digital magazine, Dominican Republic. Jul 16, 2019 
https://debateplural.com/2019/07/16/carlos-romaguera-y-juan-mayi-en-el-museo-de-lascasas-reales/  

Perez Rivera, Tatiana, ‚Seis a ños de arte en la primera Bienal SalaFAR‛ , reportajes OENEGÉ, Fundacion Angel Ramos website, Puerto Rico. Jun 27, 2016  
http://fundacionangelramos.org/reportajes-oenege/735-seis-anos-de-arte-en-la-primera-bienalsalafar-2.html  

Expone Fundacion Angel Ram os Escitos en la Arena‛ , reportajes OENEGÉ, Fundacion Angel Ramos website, Puerto Rico. Jul 7, 2013 
http://www.fundacionangelramos.org/proyectos-especiales/234-expone-fundacion-angelramos-escritos-en-la-arena.html   

Carmona, Amanda, ‚Romaguera, el pintor y la óptica‛ , section Cronologia grafica, Mayaguez sabe a mango digital newspaper, Apr 8, 2011 
http://www.mayaguezsabeamango.com/archivos/historias-final/122-romaguera  

Baco-Rodriguez, Luis E., ‚Reflexiones‛ . Aug 31, 200

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