Aref Alghamdi is a Saudi Arabian painter, member of the artistic foundation of Jeddah and founder of the artistic movement Footprints Arab art, Cairo in Egypt. He teaches art at the University of Art and Culture in Saudi Arabia, and has exhibitions in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Morocco, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Algeria and France.
Aref Alghamdi is a good observer. This exhibition entitled "The Fall of the City" presents works that recall the continuous flow of the elements of city life. Myriads of points that move along trajectories intertwined crossing the bearing axes of the city.
In each city, the inhabitants move from one part of its extremes move holding together in a huge hug, sometimes tried, often unwanted.
The city held together, in spite of themselves, they are different and conflicting stories together as happens in the paintings of Aref Alghamdi where gray surfaces, smooth and one color give way to red spots, black or blue, even today with the canvas nice dry, they seem to be continuing to expand. In the cities of Aref Alghamdi mix accents Pollock, Dali and Van Gogh, in an explosion of colors that are life, joy and cheerfulness, "colors for me is life," says our painter.
The colors with their colors and the plasticity of the material summarize the idea of Aref Alghamdi to as "Article [...] is the language of all people", a universal language that brings the message and the task of reconciling humans with themselves and with the rest of the creatures. A warm and expansive language that seeks and engages in dialogue with others.
The look on the city is attentive to detail, intimacy and the secrets of how it was. The gradations of color, their sudden change, their approach forced tell emotions and moments where life flows and changes. The crowd and bustle of the streets and office space to leave alone episodes that absorb and occupy all the spaces. Perhaps events minimal, insignificant, but important to some people, because personal.
The city today, in a crisis of identity, with their urban fabric in full upheaval are overwhelmed by economic and political crisis, the closure and abandonment of social spaces where people gathered, which grew as individuals and as community. Those spaces explode under the eyes of the observer, who sees jump off the canvas red, yellow, green, black, white or light blue as blowing business, the tables of the negotiations or social policies. Poetry, politics and history before the strokes of Aref Alghamdi, trying to mend relations using personal connections in the language of the heart. The hand movements are supported by classical music romantic "without restrictions or limits", following a trend spontaneous and not planned, which is characterized by free forms: as free as the smile of a child.
In these cities you do not forget anyone, none of those with whom he exchanged a cross word or look. Aref Alghamdi find space for children affected by cancer, that reduce obstacles with creativity, pens and pencils. Cities have their foundation in the principles and values of its people, if they fall the city falls the world. But in these troubled waters "there is a chance", says Aref Alghamdi, a chance to rebuild respect for people, animals and plants, putting down solid roots on the values of love and peace, with the help of science and culture, because "we are in one planet and in one vessel," because no one can be saved alone.
(text by Andrea Lombardo)
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