Although he has been an active force in the Spanish art world since the late 1970s, Néstor Sanmiguel Diest has only recently begun to garner critical attention outside his home country. His recent paintings and works on paper are dense, palimpsestic constructions, built up of layer upon layer of found photographic and textual materials intermingled with passages of graphite, ink, and paint. In their obsessive detail and complex interplay of text, image, and geometric patternoften across multiple panelsSanmiguel Diest’s recent works enforce a temporal or durational experience akin to literature or cinema, as if to say that painting, too, can be understood as a time-based medium.
For his recent exhibition “Cómo engañar a las tormentas despegando al atardecer sin luces” (How to Fool Storms Taking Off at Sunset Without Lights On), Sanmiguel Diest presented eleven paintings,
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