The Gallery Enlace Arte Contemporáneo presented the individual exhibition “Celebración” of Fernando de la Jara from April 28th to June 5th.
Fernando de la Jara, Lima 1948, is one of the Peruvian masters featured in the international scene of the visual arts. He lives in Germany since 30 years ago, and has a Studio in Arequipa since five.
At the age of 17, the Jesuits commissioned him to paint a big mural for the altar of the church Santa María de Comas. At the age of 20, the artist traveled, studied Spanish and Venice paintings and, for a while, made copies in museums and Europe Monasteries.
In1969 he decided to move to the Peruvian Andes. In this self-exile, he lived among natives, because, as the artist explains, they conserved a poetic dimension in their lives. He painted there for years, working independently of the galleries.
In the begging’s of the eighties, de la Jara moved to New York, where he painted for many years. In 1987 he was invited to the Katholische Universität Eichstätt in Germany to participate in an investigation project about an emblematic baroque in Latin America. He later moved to Pappenheim, near Munich, in Baviera, where he settled to live and work. He actually has an atelier in the Ries, Baviera. His works are found in many collections in Europe, North America, Latin America and the Middle East. Among his works, Der Wunsch une das Gedachtins (wish and memory), is a monumental sculpture made of granite, that was commissioned for the Max-Planck society of Germany, after de la Jara won an international competition in that country.
The Exhibit “Celebración”, is conformed by around 14 oils on canvas of different sizes, where a classic current predominates. They evoke a game of sensations and symbolic colors, as de la Jara is a situational painter. Each canvas is a big field for the insinuation and introspection, the celebration of art, of painting in each of its moments. Painting is always a celebration, the mystery of capturing his elusive muse, says the artist.