travels through inner workings of mind
subconscious: Busquedas, oil on canvas, 200x140cm, by Miguel Marcos
Miguel Marco has managed to traverse the mind’s subconscious and successfully
relay his inner thoughts to canvas in an exhibition at the Ha Noi Fine Arts
Entitled Harmony, Marco’s
fifth solo showing in Viet Nam offers the viewer a journey into the subconscious
through his 18 oil-on-canvas paintings.
The Spanish diplomat
clearly displays a new direction with his latest collection, while breaking away
from the emotional trajectory of his previous creations.
Marco exhibits a lack of
fear in his latest works, laying emotions out for all to witness while also
presenting the impacts of Ha Noi on his life.
"The life in Viet
Nam, where there is a lot of things and in between it is the harmony, has
inspired me to work out all these paintings," Marco said.
Living in Ha Noi for four
years has provided Marco with numerous creative inspirations, and last Friday’s
opening night was a testament to his talents.
The latest exhibition
heavily features black, light brown or white images of arrows, taking pride of
place in each work and helping to guide the viewer through the artist’s
Working for three years on
the 18 paintings, the 48-year-old painter considered the pieces a labour of
love, and specifically requested the works be displayed in two rooms.
This he claimed was for
the purpose of balancing the art’s dark and pink shades that Marco described
as the colours of harmony.
"The dark room is the
real path and it is very intensive and very heavy room. While the other is much
lighter, that you can say more happy. It’s like becoming harmony," said
"The correct title of
the exhibit is Looking for the Path of the Harmony," explained Marco, who
had his first local exhibition in 2002, and began his career with a solo
sculpture exhibit in his home country in 1980.
He has also shown his art
in numerous other places around the world, depending on where his Spanish
foreign affairs service posting takes him.
"I am particularly
partial to Marco’s paintings that offer a filtered view of nature, images
evoking a sense of the painter when he stands in front of a storm, the ocean, or
the wide and open sky," said Vietnamese installation artist Dao Anh Khanh,
who has described Marco’s art as diverse, amorphous, full of vigour,
unpredictable and passionate.
The exhibition runs
through this Sunday at the Ha Noi Fine Arts Museum, located at 66 Nguyen Thai
Hoc. — VNS