Ramiro Smith Estrada returns to Denver from Buenos Aires, Argentina, for his first proper solo exhibition “Expertly Paired” presented at Leon in association with Plus Gallery. Read the full-page article by Ray Rinaldi in the July 28th Sunday edition of the Denver Post.
“Hell is other People” – J.P Sartre
My current work revolves around contemporary modalities and the ways we see and portray ourselves. Through a narcissistic standpoint, we are constantly weaving a tale of who we are; fashionable, current and up to date. As on social media, my paintings attempt to highlight and beautify the “mundane” and at the same time exacerbate the clash between fleeing narcissism and the weight of culture. The “ornament” then functions as a means of symbolic and formal decoration.
My focus is on the subject of the contemporary construction of “self-image”. Focusing on a culture that does not delve into content but rather a place where the image reigns supreme. Imagery and the reflection of the other, and how we are seen seem to be the raison d’etre. Narcissism, the consumption of “cool” culture and the glorification of the mediocre. – Ramiro Smith Estrada, 2019
Ramiro Smith Estrada, 1984, lives and works in Buenos Aires. He pursued Engraving as a career at Universidad del Museo Social Argentino in 2007. He was selected to be displayed at the National Exhibition of Fine Arts in the field of Engraving in 2010 and 2013, and to the Williams Award in 2012. In 2014 he was selected to attend the Contemporary Artistic Practices clinic (PAC, for its initials in Spanish) conducted by Gachi Prieto Gallery and delivered by renowned artists and professors Eduardo Stupia, Rodrigo Alonso, Rafael Cippoletti and Andres Wassiman. The same year he took part of a four-Argentinian-artist showing exhibition at VICE Gallery in the context of Art Basel Miami Beach. In 2015 he participated in an art residency program at LaVallee in Brussels, Belgium. In 2017 he presented ¨CHETO¨ his fifth solo exhibition at Mundo Nuevo Art Gallery (Buenos Aires), curated by Santiago Bengolea (Fundación PROA’s Contemporary Space coordinator). In 2018 he was invited to join two art residency programs in Denver, becoming a Redline artist in residence in June and a Taxi Studio artist in residence in October, both supported by Plus Gallery to assist the artist in establishing his career in the United States.
Plus Gallery has enriched Denver’s contemporary art scene since 2001, providing one of the leading, reputable platforms for prestigious artist representation and exhibitions of note in the region. The gallery was previously located at the corner of 25th and Larimer in North Downtown Denver, in one of Denver’s most iconic redevelopments at the Benjamin Moore Paint Factory. Since releasing the physical gallery space in 2014, Plus Gallery owner and director Ivar Zeile has focused exclusively on art consulting and private dealing in support of high-level community exhibitions involving select represented artists. Zeile’s expertise lies in connecting singular, forward thinking artists and their work with collections seeking a level of prestige and awe outside the status quo. Zeile is also developing an exciting, innovative tech-based art initiative through Denver Digerati, a platform for advancing digital animation and motion-based works as new forms of public art through Denver’s unique outdoor LED screen infrastructure. All inquiries should be directed to [email protected]
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