Drawing from mythological references, Luis Xertu explores themes of time and ageing, incorporating the decay of real plants as elements of transformation, which can take several years to happen. He combines the analogue and the digital: photographing models, painting them, digitally manipulating his images to decide the composition of the surroundings, and meticulously gluing plants directly onto the canvas to create large-scale paintings with stark compositions.
Luis Xertu (Luis A. Rios-Zertuche Mexico City, 1985).
After he graduated from the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, Xertu developed his painterly visual style language working with the performing arts as a designer and creating works that experimented with the medium of theater and dance. His scenic art works have been shown in the Dutch pavilion of the Venice Biënnale and in Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. He was nominated for the 'Royal Award for Modern Painting 2019', and was awarded the Audience Award.
2020 – Tropicana / Pottage Foundation Rotterdam, NL - Group show
2020 – TORCH Gallery Amsterdam, NL - Solo show
2019 – Royal Palace Amsterdam, NL - Group show
2019 – WTC Rotterdam Gallery, NL - Group show
2018 – Gloss Gallery Tel Aviv, IL - Solo show
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