“Color + Geometry,” an exhibition of paintings, assemblage and sculpture by Israel Guevara, will open at ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries with a reception for the Venezuelan-American artist from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3rd.
Born in Maracay, Venezuela in 1961, Guevara earned a degree in architecture in the Dominican Republic and a master’s degree in tourism design in Venezuela. As an architect he worked on projects at both the Williams Island and Porto Vita communities in Aventura as well as the Arsht Center in downtown Miami and the Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater before devoting himself fulltime to art.
“Guevara’s work is a contemporary take on the long tradition of Latin American geometric abstraction and op art,” said gallery owner and director Virginia Miller. “He is a master colorist, and his visually arresting, innovative compositions evolve from his years of experience as an architect and as an artist.”
Art writer Ana Cristina Gamundi also notes Guevara’s op-art qualities: “His sophisticated yet playful presentation allows viewers to experience a constant interaction with his creations, an interaction that results in ever-changing colors, shapes, dimensions and even images.”
The artist has exhibited in the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art in Dallas, Boca Raton Museum, University of Connecticut, Frost Art Museum, Lowe Art Museum, the Jewish Museum of Florida—FIU, and Miami Childrens’ Museum. His work is included in such prestigious collections as those of the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, Cititower at Eola Park, Orlando, the Boca Raton Polo Club, and in corporate and private collections in Dallas, Aventura, Coral Gables and Orlando.
According to Guevara, “My work is an investigation of color, simple form and the development of the integration of light and space. To encourage the viewer to interact with my creations I recreate my personal, social and environmental experiences into a variety of mediums.”
“In my work the object is not relevant and precedent is given to the spatial rhythms and visual movement that are generated by placing overlapping lines, geometry and colors, to produce abstract, hard-edge compositions.”