art demonstrates a grand and unbroken continuity from his
work of the 1960s in Buenos Aires through his explorations
in South and Central America, to Paris and then to New York
in the 1990s. He has lived through several generations of
styles and has distilled his own artistic language from his
study and observations of many artistic movements including
the seminal early twentieth-century art of French Cubism,
to mid-century Abstract Expressionism and even the irony-laden
theoretically driven expressionism of the past two decades.
has always insisted that an artist must be of his own time
and his own people. "Su propio tiempo" is a phrase
he has written and repeated often in his published statements.
In this respect, the artist demonstrates the great continuity
that is even now evolving between the various countries of
the Americas. It is indeed obvious that we are linked geographically
in a continuous piece of land running from Canada to the tip
of South America. Barriers of language and custom have kept
us apart for many centuries but they are melting with great
rapidity as our people become bilingual and our cuisine intermingle
and many of us have spent significant periods of time living
and around in one another's culture.
his art is Whitman in so many ways. These two poets, one literary
and one visual, separated by time and space, would surely
agree with Whitman's observation in Song of the Open Road:
"I swear to you there are divine things more beautiful
than words can tell."