Fernand Roda

Various Venues

Today’s young painters are not completely anarchistic and devoid of idealism. Fernand Roda has been a painter since the beginning of his artistic career in the ’70s and so has not had to rediscover painting in the ’80s. The focus of his work is painting itself, and the analysis of the possibilities of expression in painting. Where the subject intrudes into the work, it is as a consequence of rather than as the goal of painting.

These exhibitions of paintings and drawings made clear that in Roda’s work the relation between painting as painting and painting as provider of an autonomous, imaginary world of images is an inextricable one. The encounter of Roda with the material world of appearance can be discerned, and the drawings are, as it were, brief sketches of this encounter. Moreover, in the contact of color pencil or brush with white paper, material reality promptly recedes behind its

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