Photo by: Ela Bialkowska, OKNO Studio Courtesy: the artist and GALLERIA CONTINUA
11 December 2021
10:00 – 19:00

Galleria Continua is pleased to host a show by Juan Araujo; on display are a group of new oil paintings containing refined narratives that present the viewer with an artistic pathway inspired by the work of Cy Twombly.The research of the Venezuelan painter Juan Araujo (1971, Caracas) investigates the history of Western culture and the history of art through a hyper-realistic reproduction of images found in books, magazines, photographs and online. However it focuses on history, images and their indelible permanence over time, through different methods of replication, adaptation and dissemination. In this exhibition, Juan Araujo presents a group of works that comes from a careful study of some photographs. The photographs portray the interiors of Twombly’s residence in Rome, spaces bathed in intense white light that revealed a visual balance between the painter’s large canvases, Roman sculptures and eighteenth-century decorations.Araujo’s works come from a photographic image, where a small portion, focused and cropped, becomes a new pictorial fragment. Of the splendid decoration of these domestic spaces, Araujo preserves and frames some significant details; what interests him mainly is the composition of certain objects and what this composition reveals, namely the longstanding aesthetic rivalry between painting and sculpture.The title of the exhibition, When They Come Alive, is a verse by Constantin Kavafis (Alexandria, Egypt 1863-1933), a Greek poet much loved by Twombly, with whom he shares a propensity for the great universal themes of love, art, beauty and death. In the critical essay that Leopoldo Iribarren dedicates to the Araujo exhibition in San Gimignano we read: “(...) It is not surprising that today Juan Araujo, one of the contemporary artists who with greater wit has explored the reflective virtualities of representation, explores the image of melancholy in some of its possible manifestations. The main correlative of this investigation is offered by a constellation of images relating to Cy Twombly (...) Greek poetry and mythology, Roman emperors, Renaissance figures, For further information about the show and for photographic material:
Silvia Pichini, Press Officer:, cell. +39 347 45 36 136
monumental architecture: the objects represented in these images are, for Twombly, intermediaries, memorials and, at the same time, witnesses of the erosion of matter and its meanings. Retrieving the past in a contemporary key, passing from one form of “language” to another, from one medium to another, in order to capture complex meanings, is a fundamental trait of Twombly’s work with which Araujo has long established a fertile and reflective harmony. (…)

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