Pedro Paricio: The Theatre of Painting

3 May 2012

Pedro Paricio’s solo show The Theatre of Painting opened on 16 May 2012 at the Casino de la Exposicion Sevilla, Spain. Juan Manuel Bonet, former Director of the Institute of Modern Art in Valencia and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, described Pedro Paricio as “…one of the best, and most fresh emerging artists to come out of Spain”. Paricio is beginning to enjoy an international reputation, following exhibitions throughout Spain, Europe and USA since 2006. His paintings are in private collections in Europe and the USA.

Perhaps the most definable characteristics of Paricio’s work are his unique use of paint and vibrant colour. Recent themed paintings show a strong sense of playfulness, a fascination with colour and a love of paint. While Paricio’s colours are bright and harmonious, his compositions are sometimes awkward and can evoke a sense of disquiet. His work makes strong references to graphic design, primitive art, and the work of 20th century artists, in particular Francis Bacon. Paricio cites Bacon, Beuys, Rothko, Van Gogh, Basquiat, Warhol, El Greco, Velazquez and Caravaggio in a long list of artists who have inspired him. The influences of all of these artists are plain to see in both his drawings and paintings.

The exhibition at Casino de la Exposicion Sevilla includes more than 35 works from the last decade. It is a monographic anthology show that presents his early works from his digital series, Canary Paradise, After Francis Bacon, Master Painters series and shows for the first time his ongoing series Diary of an Artist.