Abstraction has become the vehicle in which I explore the continual struggle to integrate the dual worlds in which we exist: the external world which is the sum of our sensory experiences, and the inner world of our subconscious and spirit. Working in a state of no mind, I build a bridge between these worlds. In drawing ideas from the ”East” I endeavor to quiet the mind and remove thought from the work process, bringing forth surprising and joyous works of play. It becomes a dance of sorts. In this sober state the ego cannot obstruct the fluency of what comes out of the creative process. It’s only in the act of surrendering to these mysterious vast energetic fields of consciousness where I experience and make works in the spirit of play. The intuitive gestural brushstrokes represent the visual impulse of these manifested energetic fields, forming orchestral compositions resonating with color and movement.

I combine ancient and modern media to capture the momentary sumptuous nuances and veils of watercolor. These images act as a catalyst for the oil and acrylic paintings.

 

Capture the Moment

Life has value because it is transient and impermanent. Photographing the watercolor before it dries up opens up a new world of joyous possibilities.

 

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Fernando Rangel

b.1968, Bogota, Colombia

Lives and works in New York City, N.Y.

info@fernandorangel.com   http://www.fernandorangel.com   646-808-5075

                       

EDUCATION

 

1996-2001          Art Students League, NYC

1988-1992          BFA, School of Visual Arts, NYC

1989                   Chautauqua Institution School of Art, Summer, NY

1983-1986          High School of Art and Design, Painting, NYC    

 

GROUP SHOWS

 

2018                   No Sanctuary, Friday Studio Gallery, Bushwick N.Y.

2017                   The Dissimulation, A transformation in Abstract, E-Modern Gallerie, PA

                           Undefined Abstraction, William Whipple Gallery, SMSU, MN

                           High Line Open Studios Exhibit, Chelsea NYC

 

2016                   High Line Open Studios Exhibit, Chelsea NYC

 

2012                   Paintings and Photographs, SBM Gallery, NYC 

 

2010                   Team Work, Allan Nederpelt Fine Arts, NY

                           Latin Art Experience, Franklin 54 Gallery and Projects, NYC

                           Spontaneous, Space Womb Gallery, NY

                         

COLLECTIONS  

 

1992-2017           Works held in private collections in The United States, Colombia, and Australia

1993                    Neuberger Berman

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

2002- Present     Senior Associate, Jeff Koons LLC., NYC

                             Production of oil paintings for Jeff Koons

 

1996-2001           Painting Manager, Jeff Koons LLC., NYC

                             Responsible for the production of many large scale oil paintings.  

                             Jeff Koons : Series:  Celebration, Easy Fun, and Easy-Fun Ethereal.

                                                                   

1992- 2018          Private sales, Paintings and Limited Edition Prints

                             Freelance Illustration:  DH Blair and Co., Neuberger and     

                             Berman, State Mutual Life Assurance, N.Y. Life Insurance,                          

                             Miramax, Bon Appetite, Charter Medical Corp., School of Visual Arts,

                             Dartmouth College, Plum Graphics, Mikaya Press

Rapture 2015, 6' x 8'