Patricia Low Contemporary is pleased to present Nuevas Mitologías (New Myths), Peruvian painter Paolo Salvador’s first solo exhibition in Switzerland.
Mythic symbolism recurs throughout Salvador’s work, as the artist taps into ancient collective codes. Invoking these figures and icons and situating them within our contemporary context and discourses, Salvador asserts the resilience and the usefulness of these shared narratives.
Salvador earned an MFA from The Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2019. His recent works continue an exploration and affirmation of his Peruvian identity. These paintings draw on the potency of religious iconography, imprinted on our subconscious. Salvador himself attended a Jesuit school growing up in Lima, and considers religion from a post-colonial, Peruvian perspective. The ornate visual styles of Catholicism signal colonial legacies, but undergirding those visual languages are local and cultural specificities of indigenous knowledge and practices.
Salvador explores these entangled iconographies and art histories – the proximity and resonances between Europe and South America. The paintings that make up Nuevas Mitologías demonstrate Salvador’s intuitive engagement with the medium, as he navigates light, color and brushstroke to render sublime and enigmatic worlds. Nebulous environments that evade specific location, upon closer inspection reveal as much texture and painterly detail as in the figures. Human and animal figures move together through these landscapes, emerging from the soft, textured pinks and blues of the skyline – extensions of a common spirit. The symbolism in each work gestures to larger histories, yet elicit individual interpretations and affective response.