Costa Rica Collection
Starting from the principle that the emergence of the new artists and their synthesis as a "spontaneous generation" is impossible, I summarize recklessly, some phases in Costa Rican Art and its rapid metamorphosis towards contemporary art that emerged at the end of the 20th century. This process will have to be explained to justify and understand the profiles of artists representing Costa Rica today.
For our purposes, the emergence of contemporary Costa Rican art was initiated with a transformation in the vision and conscious proposal by a group of leading artists in the eighties. This is a generation that derives from the concerns that were raised in the late fifties, with the first exhibitions of abstract art; led by Manuel de la Cruz González Luján, Lola Fernández Caballero and Rafael Ángel (Felo) García.
These artists had the opportunity not only to train academically in Costa Rica; but to expand their training abroad. They contributed significantly to what was occurring in Europe and Latin America, which the intention of universalizing the fine arts and visual language, in genres such as: abstract expressionism, action painting, pure forms, symmetries, the gestural and the experimentation of materials with which the artist had to internalize, appropriate and recreate.
For this reason, contemporary Costa Rican art encapsulates in a mature manner the characteristic appropriation where languages are fused freely and without contradictions. They are manifested and in some cases introduced as signs and symbols, typical of Costa Rica and its animalistic approach intrinsic in our environment, colors and landscape.
It is a fusion without limits, where its influences are clear in most cases and its appropriation makes us particular in the use of these languages, overwhelming if you will, balanced and remarkable in relation to what was happening in the rest of Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is mostly an unmistakable vein of abstract expressionism and a clear intention to communicate and break barriers.
Bachelor Visual Arts, University of Costa Rica
Postgraduate Communication and Marketing, University of Costa Rica