Elogio de la Pintura | In Praise of Painting by Pedro Paricio
About the Book:
Pedro Paricio is a philosopher who works with the brush, each stroke a meditation on the act. Over the past decade, he has established himself as one to watch, his oeuvre ever expanding to more fully realize his ideas. Ashe has risen to prominence the art world has taken note, and Halcyon Gallery and the Tenerife Espacio de las Artes have recently published Elogio de la Pintura | In Praise of Painting, presenting a decade of the artist’s works.
About the Author:
Pedro Paricio currently divides his time between Tenerife and London. His paintings are held in a number of public and private collections worldwide – most recently the Norton Museum of Art, United States – and he enjoys an international reputation following exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States.
Miss Rosen’s Contribution:
Elogio de la Pintura | In Praise of Painting reprints Miss Rosen’s introduction to The Canary Paradise.
Excerpt from the Introduction:
“I don’t usually speak about things that are true and important to me very often,” reveals Pedro Paricio. “When I was younger, I talked about myself all the time until I discovered that people prefer to speak about themselves. It was then that I stopped speaking and started listening. It is much better this way. ”
Born January 16, 1982 in the Canary Islands, an archipelago of seven islands of volcanic origin in the Atlantic Ocean off the northwest coast of Africa, Paricio was raised in La Orotava, a little village in the valley on the island of Tenerife (home to El Teide, the highest mountain in Spain). Though its 35,000 inhabitants may seem small by metropolitan standards, it is one of the largest villages on the island. While technology has provided a means for advancement,daily life is deeply rooted in the local traditions of the past, particularly those from the Venezuelan culture. “I always say we are closer to Venezuela than we are to the rest of Spain,”Paricio observes. “I don’t think of myself as Spanish. I always think of myself as a Canarian.”
For Paricio, life in the Canary Islands is without stress. A tropical paradise, La Orotava offered mountains, beaches, surfing, good food, beautiful people, and relaxation. Less expensive than Barcelona, one does not need to earn a lot of money to live well. On the flipside, La Orotava offers little contemporary culture. “There are always a group of people trying to make new music and art, but there is little or no support from the public,” Paricio explains. “Those in my generation who want to experiment must leave the island and travel to Spain or Europe in order to do so.”
A Word from Pedro Paricio:
“Once upon a time a totally unknown young painter is having his first solo exhibition in an art gallery/skateshop in Barcelona, and a highly respected New York based curator/editor/writer/cultural-shaker Miss Rosen accepted his request to write a text for it. He has not a dime so she does it for free, because she still believe there are things more important than money. Fifteen years later, that same artist is now represented by a heavyweight gallery in London and his work is part of many important public and private collections around the world. This is a true story because it is my story.”
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