Dark and surreal paintings that display humanity's monstrous side

Colombian-born, France-based artist Adrian Caicedo is someone who loves to paint mysterious and dream-like artworks that tend to showcase the more monstrous side of human nature.

He explains: "In my opinion, painting is an image with a body, a prolongation of our substances. In its physical reality it presents itself as an unstable surface in constant metamorphosis. This surface does not only talk about the physical precariousness of the body, it is also the history of the instability of the image and the chaos from where it comes from.

"My work comes from these vestiges, extracted from the media flux that mixes together with my own concerns and interests. Sometimes, I start directly with a fixed image within my spirit, which transforms through the act of painting, thus revealing that baroque and improbable side of my work. Also, I like to work with 'found' images, from anonymous and marginal events that stay inside the spaces I inhabit or inside my everyday life. I am equally interested in the historical references of art, as well as the registered documentation, where we assist to that continuous return to the basic nature of the human being."

He continued: "My paintings give place to a narration inside a space that sways between fiction and the simulation of dreams, but likewise it beckons us to recognise it as a fragment of reality; a reality that I perceive as a network of forces, where the human is inserted. The hybrid man with its history, with the other, with its artefacts, and above all, with its images. He is not only the source of the monstrous but also, as an illusory and utopic creature, is an absolute factory of chimeras.

"Among my compositions, the body conveys a psychological load associated to emotional states such as the sense of vulnerability, the fear of disappearing and death. It carries elements influenced by the pop culture as that of the street, under an atmosphere that redirects us to a ludic and infant imaginary. The colour seems to resist and reject the tension of the present elements. The figures are found to be in a state of constant uncertainty and ambiguity, as if the painting was showing us the exact moment in which the delicate and atrocious coexist."

Via Zanka Gallery