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Arte contemporáneo en Valencia

Actualizado: 2 oct 2023

Durome "E. Romaguera" | The multiple faces of art

06 Noviembre DE 2020 by PETRA HARMAT

Images courtesy of the artist.

DUROME, moves between multiplatforms, it is there where he feels comfortable and at ease expressing his art freely. He lives in Spain, Valencia. His language varies between videos, music, poems, sculptures, drawings, photographs, paintings, which have their origins in experiential and stimulating experiences for the Valencian artist.

© Romaguera

"Travelling is also a source of inspiration, it can be done in many ways, reading a book can be travelling. The journeys, countries and cities he has visited have influenced his work".

#Polifaceful, complex and passionate, his #studies covered several branches: movement and animation, painting, sculpture, photography, music and pedagogy. A wide range of artistic expressions for this 46-year-old Spaniard. The most diverse inspirations are the motif of his art, making it almost impossible to pigeonhole him into any one movement. And of specific themes, none. The mixtures make central topics in themselves, he is a jumble of disciplines. However, quite a lot of expressionism, magical and strong colours, deep brushstrokes accompanied by marked outlines denote a common personality that escapes from the visual everydayness; it is a new framework, which invites us to an imbalance, to open up to different visions.

© Romaguera

The beginnings...

It all began by chance on his path through art. When he was a child, he participated in a competition where he got a mention and that is how he later decided to study Polytechnic at the #Universidad San Carlos de Valencia. Since 1999 he has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Europe, the United States and Mexico, among others, as well as in the INCUBARTE Festival and numerous international art fairs.

Louise Bourgeois, Picasso, Miro, Dalí, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Mexican muralism, expressionism, constructivism, Bauhaus, pop art, dadaism, Bru Soler, Leticia Luna, the pataphysicists. Romaguera draws artistic influences from many sides; from painting, sculpture and different movements. He defines your technique as conceptual synchronic pancreatic illusionism.

He also specifies that the sources of inspiration are endless, such as: "people who left a mark on me and who could be found as a reference in my proposals", he continues, "I also draw from architectural and engineering knowledge, as a child I loved to see buildings under construction, their pillars, their relationship between emptiness and form. I had very good teachers and friends who motivated me a lot and accompanied me in the learning process. And of course, the family. Travelling is also a source of inspiration, it can be done in many ways, reading a book can be travelling. The trips to the countries and cities he has visited have influenced his work".

© Romaguera

In the creative act, the artist engages with various materials and technological supports that he uses on his own terms. For example, the work on video poems or the creation of 3D volumes require these more technological processes. However, he points out that: "you have to keep in mind that your hands need to touch the material, so when I finish visualising the ideas I had in mind, I put my hands in the ground...". These days, the Spaniard mixes precisely these two sides; he is involved in monumental public sculpture projects, combining the manual skills of sculpture with the more technological techniques of photography, editing and video.

The artistic nomenclature reflected in his works also responds to a philosophy behind them, a definition of art and thought. In this respect, he points out: "I think that dividing art into disciplines makes no sense, it is a set of knowledge that complement each other. What happens is that society, and above all the administration, needs us to define ourselves by a specific subject, but simply to facilitate bureaucracy. The 'hyper-specialised society' has also provoked this tendency as a justification for technological innovation, but subjects will always be connected and we artists build bridges between them, bridges in the style of Alys. Through his works, the Spaniard wishes to transmit what he sees, what he feels, what he hears; in short, what he experiences day by day, which he calls "truth", on the understanding that by capturing in the projects a myriad of individual suggestions, the door is open to free interpretation.

Exhibition Centro del Carmen Contemporary Culture. 2018

Among his next steps is the possibility of participating in a two-year project in New York, starting in September of this year; on the other hand, he is focused on finishing some pieces in 3D - with the free software system "Blender" - giant sculptures. giant sculptures.

He enjoys reading the press with coffee, sports, books, friends and walking around the city. The daily contact motivates him, day by day, to keep on creating: "It is important that contact exists, because it is a source of constant inspiration, being surrounded by books and poetry has always enchanted me. Reading makes me travel and playing music is also a reason to let my imagination fly," he says. Finally, he invites us to reflect: "What would we do without music and lyrics?

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