WEST PALM BEACH, Florida.- Máximo Caminero has the only work studio gallery dedicated to artists in Northwood Village. His paintings incorporate spirituality, with rich colors and landforms that echo everyone from Leonardo da Vinci to Klee to Picasso.
As the only artist dedicated to working in a studio gallery in Northwood, Máximo Caminero’s large-scale work is filled with iconography rooted in ancient Taino (Antillean first inhabitants) forms that vibrate with images of the Mayan calendar carved in stone. , Latin abstract expressionism from the 50s and some deep spirituality. mystery. Most have funds dark with objects floating in space, asking viewers to find the shapes and stories that are hidden within.
Soft-spoken, the lean and attentive artist / activist has created a comfortable old-world vibe in his raw space, painting the wooden ceiling black with bright geometric shapes and furnishing the space with worn leather sofas and brocade chairs. A coffee table filled with catalog books about him and his exhibits sits in the middle. Large-scale frameless paintings cover the walls, some stapled several rows deep to dry. A storage area accommodates dozens more.
In the back, Caminero has painted slogans on the wall as graffiti about life and love. Statues, hats, books, and framed stories in its exhibits abound. He paints against a large wall, uses a wheelchair to move around, plays Latin-beat soundtracks, and stops to speak to the occasional visitor, though Northwood has been quiet for months due to the pandemic.
The front of the space facing Northwood Road is entirely glass, allowing people walking by to see the art and the artist at work.
“I never start with something too specific in mind,” he says in the studio one hot and hazy afternoon on a weekday. Unless you are working for a specific program. I choose the colors and the shapes start to appear. I put the title of the painting when I finish ».
￼Caminero was based in Miami for decades until an international incident led him to sell his house and move north. He entered the Perez Art Museum Miami during the first week of “Ai Weiwei: Agree with what?” exhibition, a retrospective organized by the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo which later went to the Brooklyn Museum-
As he entered, he saw a photo on the wall of the exhibiting artist Ai Wei Wei breaking a vase from his series “Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn,” a group of photographs showing him smashing an antique vase to comment on the valuation of art and the fragility of cultural objects. In a split-second decision, he took one of Wei Wei’s painted vases on display and broke it. Then he calmly waited for security to come and arrest him.
When asked why, he says: “I didn’t plan it, it was an instant decision. When I saw the photo of Wei Wei doing that, it was mixed with the anger I felt. If I didn’t, I never would now. I did it for all the Miami artists who have never been exhibited in the museums there. “
In reality, the piece he broke was valued at $ 10,000. The vase itself dated from the Han dynasty, but Mr. Ai had reinvented it by applying green and peach paint.
“If you looked at the vases on display and you saw the way they were painted, there is no way you would think that the artist had painted over an ancient artifact,” Caminero said. Instead, I thought it was an ordinary pot like you would find at Home Depot. But I did pay a restitution of $ 10,000, the appraised value of the royal vase.
After that incident, Caminero spends every day in his studio, painting one great work after another. While he’s still bitter about the lack of attention he feels “local” artists don’t get, he continues to paint and make art, which is what really matters in the end.
His studio is located at 444 Northwood Rd, West Palm Beach. Influenced by impressionist painters such as Ramón Oviedo, José Guadalupe and Wilfredo Lam, his art is capable of transmitting the invisible through abstract forms that flow in harmonic strokes and colors that represent the nature of his universe. (Published in English by West Palm Beach Magazine).
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