Maddox Gallery, Mayfair, is pleased to present ORO – SPIRIT & NATURE OF A TERRITORY – an exhibition by contemporary Colombian artist Pedro Ruiz. In collaboration with the Embassy of Colombia, the exhibition marks the State Visit of the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos and Mrs María Clemencia Rodríguez de Santos.
Pedro Ruiz’s work illustrates the essence of Colombia’s spirit and elements of the country’s cultural history. Spectators are challenged to look beyond the surface, through multifaceted layers, and into the heart of a rich and complex nation.
The works will be displayed highlighting the gold used in the image, a substance integral to the history of the country.
Ruiz’s fascination with regional bio-diversity and ecology is also conveyed and exquisitely captured through his precise brushstrokes and vibrant colour palette. This can also be observed in the detailed variety of flora and fauna which populate his work.
Ruiz is renowned for using his paintings to also explore wider socio-political issues, questions of bio-diversity and man’s relationship with Nature, themes which permeate his work and thinking. In this exhibition, Ruiz invites us to reflect and meditate upon the different values that, throughout centuries, have shaped the Colombian identity.
Conceived as a traveling exhibition of 33 miniature works, 2 have now been transferred into a larger format, highlighting a collective identity that leaves behind the sweeping stereotypes originated from violence and conflict, to encompass a clearer definition of who Colombians truly are.
As part of this show in London, a work by the artist will be auctioned off in aid of Caudwell Children’s Charity on the 3rd November, taking place at the Gallery.
Ruiz has received many awards and distinctions for his unique perspective and talent. Most recently, he was conferred the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French government for his contribution to Colombian art.