Jump Into Reality
17-22 September 2001
Air Gallery, 32 Dover Street,
10-6pm Mon - Fri, 11-4 Saturday
A TRIBUTE TO LIFE
Cristina Rodriguez's artwork is a tribute to life. Highly charged
with sentiments, her immense paintings are full of colour, of feeling,
and, above all, faith.
I only became acquainted with Cristina's work recently when she invited
me to her studio. I had no hesitation in giving her my support because
Cristina Rodriguez belongs to that talented generation of dedicated
Colombian artists who have an urge to express themselves and an intense
desire to speak through their paintings.
At her studio I discovered this collection that is here on display
for you. A tribute to human life, these paintings depict the various
stages of life and their significance love that leads to the
birth of man and the inception of ideas, youth, creation, the laborious
path to strengthening character, the consolidation of existence, the
fulfilment of dreams and the certainty of death.
Through her art, Cristina Rodriguez seeks to portray the human being
the Colombian human being and, at the same time, the universal
human being, who shares one single way of communication, one single
origin, one single sentiment, one single condition that unites and
draws all human beings together.
Cristina Rodriguez's work stirs up nostalgic feelings and delves into
deep personal and collective experiences. Her paintings are a stream
of sensations that, according to our Colombian Nobel prizewinner Garcia
Marquez "squeeze out sentiments".
I think Cristina is attempting to portray the sacred presence of human
beings and our need for others. Therefore, when she told me that she
had put a lot of herself into each stroke, on looking at her paintings
I discovered that there was also a lot of Colombia in each brushstroke
and, in particular, of Colombia's need for others.
Victor G. Ricardo
Colombian Ambassador in the UK