José MarÍa Sicilia

Galería Soledad Lorenzo

From his first exhibitions, in the midst of the neo-Expressionist wave at the beginning of the ’80s, José María Sicilia’s work has been characterized by a pronounced touch of sensuality. Nature, too, has played an important role in his work; in his first solo exhibition in Spain, at the legendary Galería Fernando Vijande in 1983–84, he included a great many landscapes, some of them alpine scenes. If one attempts an overview of his work, it is clear that sensuality and beauty, and their relationship to nature, are among the issues that have interested him most deeply.

In 1993, Sicilia produced “Sanlúcar de Barrameda,” a series of richly textured white paintings in which recognizable figures (a bird, a branch, a vase) are submerged under a highly built-up surface. It was as if to say that in the end all form refers to the material, and its beauty is found within it in an essentialized manner.

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