Artists: Bernardo Porraz
Born in Mexico City in 1969.
Since early schooling he has always had a strong interest in understanding effects of light. Working as a gaffer, he develops professional knowledge about the use of light, a work that he himself calls: "painting with light". Later, he develops further interest in the work of the archeologist who discovers pieces of buried history. The traces that time leaves in the materials of earth, be they rests of biological life or of lava, or of rock and of water, appear poetic to him and inspire him in his non-figurative work. He cites a phrase from Alejo Carpentier: "He will learn with astonishment that every stained shell was, since always, a poem."
Similar to the grand maestros of painting, he has a confidence in his pictorial power that allows him to approach whichever theme he encounters. When his wife is pregnant, he will look for the pictorial expression of the most profound organic- of blood, of water, of worlds inside the body. When he comes across a strange animal of the Oaxacan earth, he explores its pictorial potential. He always ends up finding new abstract patterns and textures that lead him far beyond the actual object of inspiration. He does not sign his work. He does not need the seal of "Porraz". His mastership always reveals itself when one recognizes a Porraz, no matter the theme or the technique.
Noteworthy activities as an artist:
1995-2000 Founder of "La Máquina Gorda", multidisciplinary producer of cinema, video, design and plastic in Mexico City
2001-2003 Collaboration in projects of sculpture and video art with the collective "Les Maravillas" of the artist Jordi Colomer in Barcelona and Paris
2006-2008 Living and working in the city of Oaxaca, painting and filming video
2006-2008 Cinematographic documentary of the Trikis, "Nej Ñuj Si A’min Nanj Nï’ïn"