Fabricio Lara on “Búsqceda de evolución de color y forma” : The Search of Evolution in Color and Form
TFC had an exclusive interview with Fabricio Lara, one of the two artists currently exhibited at All We Art’s Two Painters from the Southern Highlands, up now until March 26th. Lara’s unabashed use of color and manipulation of form creates an immersive Bolivian art experience for the DC gallery visitor.
Lara’s forms leap off the canvas with brilliance and vibrancy, entrancing the viewer from the moment they step into the exhibition space. The subjects of these works include a mixture of horses, bulls, and humans;ach manipulated in such a way that stretches color and form from their original reality. Bolivia’s rich culture flows through these majestic representations of humans and animals. Speaking with Lara put into perspective the connection of his homeland with his vivid creations.
Lara was raised in a household of art, his father being Gustavo Lara Torrez one of Bolivia’s most revered artists. Fabricio studied sculpture at the Universidad Major San Andres of La Paz; over the years he has Lara speaks of the influence his father had on his beginnings and teachings, as well as the inspiration of other artists that have ignited his work to what it is today.
“The search for evolution in color and form”, Lara’s main statement regarding how his work demonstrates the transformation of the traditional. He speaks of perceiving art in two divisions: form and content. His work emphasizes form because artwork with good form is transcendent. He believes artwork with a concentration on form transcends time, culture, and ideas. Lara’s remains continuously inspired by Pablo Picasso, Roberto Matta, and Óscar Pantoja. Artists that supersede the traditional yet are further unified by their interest in ancestral art.
It is the “culturas de antiguas civilizaciónes” (cultures of ancient civilizations) that fuel Lara’s work. In particular the importance of art within ancient civilizations, and how it survives to tell the story of these civilizations, the transcendental power of art. Though enamored with the story of ancient art Lara’s is also inspired by their use of form, lines, and color. Lara achieves this interplay of color and form through the cobalt blues and geometric manipulation. Giving power to the image, uniting strong elements into a harmonious story that can be read with a glance yet deserves to be studied with a gaze.
By Camila Rondon