Venezuelan artist Diego Cardenas, lé dieguê

Diego Cardenas, aka lé dieguêis originally from Caracas, Venezuela, and earned a master’s degree in painting at Savannah College of Art and Design. He is about to close his exhibition, titled “Angular Perceptions,” in the Drive Thru Art Box at Green Truck Pubbut will talk about the play on Thursday at 6 p.m.

As a recent SCAD graduate, Lé Dieguê created his graduation thesis and shared it with the world.

Typically, Venezuelan art is a mixture of pre-colonial and colonial styles in painting, fine arts, literature, music, and dance. There has been a profound influence of Spanish art forms on Venezuelan art, but lé dieguê has found ways to look at the world with simplicity and bring colors that sometimes appear in nature as if was an act of magic.

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lé dieguê offers a set of concepts that combine his interests in light and color as signifiers of culture, existence and memory. Based on scientific methods, op art and graffiti, his work draws on a series of investigations and palettes that present a visual and pictorial extension of the color theories of Newton and Goethe.

lé depicts light to honor a constant, yet often overlooked, interaction between us and the universe.

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As we sat on his balcony in historic downtown Savannah, my first question was to start at the beginning of his conceptual idea and ask about the origin and where the inspiration for his thesis came from. “Angular Perceptions”, a question he was quick to ask. answer.

One of Diego Cárdenas' works of art

“I started with color. I am deeply passionate about color. And now I’m doing the series of works inspired by refraction. And I have a huge kinetic art influence because where I come from, we have an inordinately large heritage. This is a series of works that I have been doing for four to five years. SCAD was a major help in developing and polishing these ideas.

Most artists can’t help but reassess their time as creative students and what comes next when they reach a high level of education. lé dieguê is re-examining what the future holds for him as an artist.

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“I want to help and (it) gets me to a place where I want to teach. I am extremely enthusiastic about the idea of ​​teaching. Now I have the chance to do so. I will give a few workshops, acrylic painting workshops with SCAD. They are throughout this summer. So that’ll be like the first thing I do, teach. I am also preparing a series of shows and exhibitions. The project of SOYXSOY will open on October 21 and really, all the wonderful and lovely projects are growing in my head.”

Diego Cardenas

Lé thinks that many Latin artists and their work are generally meant to look and feel a certain way. Many collectors sometimes want them in your face and obvious references that this art is of Latin origin.

What most don’t understand is that consciously or unconsciously you inject a kind of Latinism into your work just because you’re Latino.

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“I would say that because of all these people that I look up to, they’re just very ingrained in our culture and our psyche. It’s just a borrowed inheritance, and it was very natural to go into this type of work. And when I return to Venezuela, I paint a lot. And we go, to the most vulnerable places, and we get to work there, we get to change the face of all those places, where children really see things that they shouldn’t see and if we arrive to add some color and spruce up things around a bit and have other options for people to see.

“It’s the mission. It’s part of my job. It might not be as literal as a lot of other Latin artists with my work, but I think it’s part of the job for sure,” said he declared.

One of Diego Cárdenas' works of art

“I have this whole idea that we share elements with the stars of the universe, which if we see it that way, we can see ourselves as light beings. So if I paint, I just try to really make it clear bringing us closer to the light something we interact with every day but because of our lives we might take it for granted We have other responsibilities but if I can let you know please offer other options to see light and color and in I can give and offer something that will make you see things differently and more closely, so I feel like my job has been done.

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“Angular Perceptions” consists of a 21-color palette of Montana Gold spray paints, which acts as an expansion of the visible electromagnetic spectrum. With this “chromological palette”, lé composes a variety of rectangles to create complex, rhythmic and dynamic grid structures. Each grid composition follows a deliberate color progression that Lé called an “incidence.”

Each incidence serves as a pointer to an existential state, emotion, or memory.

Diego Cardenas

“Angular Perceptions” by lé dieguê at the Drive Thru Art Box at the Green Truck Pub until October 8. An artist conference at the box will take place on Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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