Within the panorama of contemporary painting, the work of Fabio Hurtado (b. 1960) typically represents the resurgence of form and figurative painting and its associated disciplines. Viewing the artist’ s works is akin to embarking on a journey through time in his search of the parallel elements which often underlie the past and present. This images aim to recreate, in an almost cinematographic way, scenes which are set in the past even though with a contemporary approach.
His exquisite drawing skills and harmonious sense of color are complementary to the overall sense of mystery surrounding his stylish and elegant characters and the roles they play in his paintings. There’ s an implied interaction between the spectator, the paintings and the artist who encourages the viewer to use his imagination in unravelling and participating in the narrative of the work. This intimate interaction suggests different possibilities for a single image…an effective strategy to keep the work alive.
His paintings are both subtle and intelligent. Imagination and technique are in harmony resulting in a poignant statement of the timeless unchanging realities of the human condition.
Tony Pontone (curator and gallerist at Albemarle Gallery)