Dreams come to life in the expressive oil paintings of Guillermo Lorca Garcia. Inspired by the drama of Baroque art, the imagination of fairy tales and the feelings associated with his own childhood, the Chilean artist constructs surreal scenes inhabited by children and animals. These characters interact seamlessly with each other while evoking a sense of foreboding and mystery.
“As a child, I had a book of fairy tales with illustrations by Gustave Doré, and they still inspire me today”, García said. He also cites the anxiety he experienced in his youth and exposure to artists Rembrandt and Edvard Munch as integral to his creative direction. This mixture of inspiration is found in the theatrical compositions of his art which present romantic interiors reminiscent of centuries past.
Animals like leopards, geese and gorillas exist in the same spaces as young children. However, neither child expresses concern about his closeness; instead, they seem to be at peace with this relationship. As a result, the tranquility of the figures encompasses the chaos of the works with a sense of calm. “All the paintings mean something important to me; they are a kind of diary of my psychic life, and that gives symbolic meaning to my life,” he adds.
Chilean artist Guillermo Lorca García creates expressive oil paintings with haunting imagery.
Inspired by Baroque art, these pieces look like scenes from dreams and nightmares.
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