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Julio Cesar

Julio painting in his studio, photo by Eli Keel

Check out this amazingly insightful article on Insider Louisville covering 'Divine Shadows' by Eli Keel. A big thank you to Eli Keel!

Cuban-born artist Julio Cesar sheds some light on his ‘Divine Shadows’

Revelry Gallery welcomes Julio Cesar back for his fourth solo show “Divine Shadows” on April 7th, 7-10pm. “Divine Shadows” marks Julio’s 25th exhibit and fourth exhibit in Louisville. In this new collection, Julio aims to reveal different stories through each piece as a narrative, visual letter. He brings his focus onto a spiritual plane, bringing into play interpretations from ancestral spirits and the forces of nature. He describes the collection as “a fresh and private book, which will finally be the history of my painted life.”

Julio’s creative process is deeply internal and intuitive, bringing to light "the true secrets of the soul’s adventure, a conversation with yourself". He often paints at night, pulling narratives into his paintings from dreams and musings to combine organic forms and superrealism into meticulously painted oil masterpieces. He starts with a illustrative study of his inspiration, drafting sketches and weaving notes and quotes of his impressions and ideas onto the page.

Although his concepts are born spontaneously, each stroke is purposefully placed. The color palette is mixed to create muted colors and sepia tones that morph together to give the viewer an image reminiscent of a memory or impalpable sensory impression. He successfully does the difficult task of visually portraying the creative process - mixing the illusion of living, breathing beings with inanimate, swirling abstractions.

The images are enthralling, as if you are watching the creative process that is played on his mind transformed into a two dimensional painting on canvas. His abstractions remind us of creative energy before it has manifested into something recognizable - it is confusing, chaotic and constantly changing. Then the eye has the relief of landing on a hyperrealistic form emerging from a swirl of shape. There is no definite line between the form and the formless, the whole creative experience is brilliantly painted before your eyes.