Artist Statement

Throughout the years I have created paintings that play with perception and preconceived ideas of the male and female form. They deconstruct and reconstruct the human body as a way of redefining masculinity and femininity.  Those paintings depict beings that overcome their fragmentation through their transfiguration; bodies that transcend time and space creating a link between the internal and external universe. The representation of sectioned and reconstructed nudes suggests sexualities that have been interrupted, manipulated, and magnified for public contemplation. The anatomical references merge into each other creating ambiguous sexual forms where male and female become one. The traditional definitions of masculinity and femininity are erased and the eyes of the spectator are opened to a new realm of possibilities.

The co-existence between anatomical and botanical references is evident in some of these paintings. They harmoniously share their importance in psychological compositions. The entities contain fragments of an environment that has been abused as much as the individuality of its inhabitants, but where organic beauty triumphs expanding through each canvas and maintaining the unifying continuity of the image. 

Lately I have been exploring masculinity, male beauty and homoerotic representation in my artwork.  I have been drawing and painting images that seduce the spectator through figures that function as an homage to the archetypal concept of masculine beauty. They are inspired by ancient Greek sculptures, by Renaissance sculptures (specifically Michelangelo’s David) and by Instagram images that perpetuate this idea of what is desirable in men. In contrast to them, I have been working on a group of drawings of  the men that surround me.  In those drawings I focus in a physical aspect that makes them recognizable even though most of the portraits are faceless. This series of paintings and drawings examines the masculine essence and its undeniable beauty.   

My work of art promotes equity and functions as a hopeful invitation to inclusive and harmonious coexistence. They are images of luminous forms that emerge to delight us and suggest introspection; paintings that echo the uncontainable energy that revives, unifies, and transforms the universe.

Héctor Rafael