April 10, 2015
“Juvenal Ravelo belongs to a generation of Venezuelan artists who see research as a revolutionary source of art. Only a profound analysis of the meaning of this vital activity by man would be able to open new paths in modern art, and Juvenal
is conscious of this. For some years, his kinetic investigations start with the fragmentation of light as a phenomenon of visualization, which may reveal to the spectator other perceptive possibilities. In a pre-planned structure, luminous glints create a chromatic occurrence that continuously escapes. A sort of ephemeral flash of color. A fragmented reflection of the surroundings. Ravelo is a luminary and a point of reference in contemporary Venezuelan art in virtue of the deliberate and disciplined development of his work.”
Carlos Cruz – Diez
Durban Segnini Gallery, Juvenal Ravelo will show 28 artworks in diferent format of his new series “Fragmentación de la luz y el color” [“Fragmentationof Light and Color”], in wich he gives free rein to the spirit and to the instinct-reason dialectic to elevate the monumentality of the metaphors of light and color he creates.
Juvenal Ravelo’s work is characterized by extreme luminosity, not only from the fragmentation of light but also from the force of the color, that combine to create simultaneously a real and an unreal presence. The artist presents to the spectator his profound interest in the aesthetic balance of visual versions of the experiences.
About Juvenal Ravelo
Was born in Caripito, in the state of Monagas, Venezuela, on December 23, the day before Christmas Eve in the year 1934, in the bosom of a family that encouraged a taste for the arts and for culture. In his early years, he stood out from his classmates with drawings of images he would copy from magazines. In the early 1950s, he travels to Caracas to make his dream a reality: studying painting. Between 1953 and 1958, he studies at the School of Plastic and Applied Arts of Caracas and the Martín Tovar y Tovar School of Plastic Arts of Barquisimeto, Lara State.
Upon completing his studies in 1959, he teaches Art History, Drawing and Printmaking at the Cristóbal Rojas School of Plastic Arts of Caracas, a teaching position he holds until 1964, when he decides to travel to Paris to continue his academic training. He will stay until 1968, during which time he also attends courses in the Sociology of Art taught by the historians Pierre Francastel and Jean Cassou at the Sorbonne University’s Practical School of Higher Studies.
His interest in the theory and praxis of art deepens in the City of Light, where he continues with the career he had started in Venezuela of personal exhibitions and participation in Official Salons of Venezuelan Art that were presented at the Museum of Fine Arts of Caracas (between 1952 and 1964) that were only accessible to those selected by a jury. Throughout this period, Ravelo’s artistic endeavor is characterized by quality and strength, in addition to an interest in artistic investigation. Since the years of his first visit to Europe, he has spent his personal and artistic life between France and Venezuela.