[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for this post.] Galeria Alma Blou presents “Desperado,” an exhibition of paintings by Ras Mosera. The exhibition is on view until June 3, 2017. Galeria Alma Blou is located at Landhuis Habaai, Curaçao (hours: Tue-Fri 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat 10:00am-2:00pm).
The Alma Blou Gallery writes: “The desperado leads a risky life and so does Ras Mosera as he goes through borders with his profound creations. Mosera represents the apex in the visual arts of the Caribbean where colors, shapes and designs reflect the eclectic nature of the environment. With his art he crosses boundaries, as he creates without filter or convention. This St. Lucia-born visual artist has been living in St. Martin for more than 30 years. With the Desperado collection, he introduces us to a new chapter in his career.”
Curaçaoan art critic Verele Ghering writes for Amigoe: “What is special is that [Ras Mosera] is internationally oriented, but manages to strongly convey a multicultural layering – proper to the Caribbean – on the canvas. Many stylistic influences overlap in Caribbean art; it is a cultural mix, eminently hybrid. Mosera shares with Picasso both an orientation to African masks and cubism. His faces have sculptural – cubic – shapes, frontal eyes and straight noses. In this way he keeps the people on the canvas universal, namely, hidden behind masks. He knows how to combine the influences of the many myths beautifully into visually powerful works of art. ‘El Coco’ (Number 8) has no clothes but does wear an expensive watch. In a very subtle way, he shows us the hybrid reality of the Caribbean. […] The color schemes and color combinations are beautiful – a treat of blue, red, yellow, orange and purple. [His paintings display a] varied and integrated use of color and flatness of shapes that remind one of textile designs. Lots of gold and bright colors, but also understated tones where appropriate. He replaces the usual perspective with a viewpoint that shows the object of the painting from different angles simultaneously; the flat surface becomes accentuated as it were. A creole identity is unmistakable: [his work is] a kind of carnival on canvas, universally exotic. Fortunately, he does not fall into clichés but knows just how to depict a subtle, spiritual, inner vision of his own reality in his works. Definitely worth a visit.” The full, original art review (in Dutch) appeared on p. 4 of the May 24, 2017 print edition of Amigoe.
For more information about the artist, watch this recent interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ6NOsZt71k and visit his website http://www.rasmosera.net or Facebook page. Also see our older posts Ras Mosera, Caribbean Artist and Ras Mosera and “Caribbean Crossroads Curaçao”.