New York, April 2013 – Madrid-born César Galicia, a Forum Gallery artist since 1994, creates works that transcend reality; they are greater than life and more real than real. Drawing on the experiences he had in his years in New York as well as on his life in Spain, Galicia has developed an urban mysticism in which beauty explodes on each graffiti-covered wall and in every corner of a city that wears two words tattooed on its forehead: devastation and freedom. Galicia does not paint reality directly, instead channeling his efforts to reconstruct the appearance of things. César Galicia develops a story for each object, landscape or portrait as he paints. We see not just how he sees it, but also how we want to see it. This may be the magic of the artist as storyteller.
The 13 paintings in this exhibition, which span the past six years, are on view until May 31.
An opening reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, April 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Forum Gallery at 730 Fifth Avenue at 57th Street.