Carlos Salas (1957)
Carlos Salas studied architecture at the Universidad de los Andes (University of the Andes) in Bogotá, Colombia, and painting at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. His work is firmly anchored in the Latin American abstract tradition with long lines recalling scarifications, large rectangles filled with polygonal figures with symmetry. He often fills the seemingly abstract designs which in reality represent spaces, pathways, fields and sites of memory.
In the work, long horizontal and vertical lines as long musical notes of an antiphon mostly presented in well-defined squares remind us of the essential lesson of cubism he has assimilated. Salas’ geometry is correct. It is animated by the spirit of liberty. So too are his colors; discreet to express the serious joy of the sacred song, but not sad; they are luminous in the twilight from blue to violet, to the almost white yellow. All Salas’ colors are tones and nuances: the artist nuances nuance itself!
The light of the Bogotá sky, by blurring the tones and accentuating the contrasts highlights the rhythm without suppressing the nuances. Salas has exhibited extensively in Latin America; in European capitals including Geneva, Madrid and Paris; and in New York City. He received multiple accolades in France and his native Colombia for his contributions to abstract art. At the age of 42, he was the youngest artist to ever present a retrospective at the Bogotá Museum of Modern Art.