“...the art seems to surrender at once under the scrutiny of the gaze...”
To touch the work of Ricardo Xavier – even if only with words – is a hazardous task. At first sight, is evident that this Brazilian painter is a man with a plan: his work schedule resembles that of an Olympic athlete in its unrelenting rigor, while the execution of his work approaches the perfection of a Zen archer. His aim is clear, his hand and eye steady: he will go for the gold.
Such drive and passionate devotion to his art makes for paintings that are at once emotionally profound and intellectually stimulating. In his latest works, Xavier creates bright yellow, red, and purple sections alternating with muted blue intersected by radiating patterns.
At first glance, the painting and prints seen to surrender at once under the scrutiny of the gaze: color, lines, shapes and patterns. But when viewed with attention and – can it be said – the same devotion that caused their existence, the paintings and the prints become multidimensional where the layering of patterns and colors upon patterns and colors over a surface smooth as ice in winter creates a depth that is experienced rather than perceived.
The viewer senses the layering of the patterns and pigments as surging underneath the solidity of the final layer of color and shapes. Once apparent these paintings and prints then resist the casual glance, the reluctant observer, the one who walks away. Rather, they summon the viewer’s attention, request her consideration, create a dialogue between the viewer and the forms of the designs and shapes that hold the pigments.
Supporting these pigments they are shapes meticulously measured and crafted into a variety of geometrical forms. The constructions of these shapes requires the use of computer software and the freedom of an abstract artist, resulting a tension with the creative process.
Yes, it is in the tension between technology and the execution of the designs and the repeating and changing of the shapes and hues of colors that Ricardo Xavier realizes the power of his work. It is also there that the viewer may find these forms to be a map, a chart, a musical score, a a diagram to celestial pathways, a system that supports and is supported by the colors and shapes. The tension between technology, designs, shapes and saturated hues then construct a context for the viewer’s experience and provides and infinite range of paths to pursue.
Marion de Koning, Ph.D.Professor of Art History, Grossmont College
Ricardo Jacomelli Xavier, was born on September 15th, 1974 in Salvador, Bahia Brazil.
His art career didn’t start until he was 23 years old. In the years before he graduated from business school and before completing an MBA in Finance at the Instituto Brasileiro de Mercados e Capitais in Sao Paulo, he left a promising career to fully commit to his art.
The beginning of his art career was very turbulent with interests in variety of artistic movements. He started as a photographer to explore his ideas and his photographs were composed of banal objects, from an unusual point of view, but they were soon replaced by silk screening, paintings, woodworking and sculptures. By taking his concepts to a higher level of presentation, he created powerful feeling through the use of patterns, dynamic colors, unique materials and shapes.
After years of traveling around Brazil, United States, Mexico, Australia and Indonesia, his art became more refined and complex what is his art of today. These skills include non-traditional materials and methods to compose this stunning new series of Mono prints and Paintings, In Harmony.