Looking at a Raúl Cordero painting is like changing channels on the tv or surfing the internet, with waves of information filling the canvas. Known also for his video work, it is no surprise that his paintings would play on how images run through media. Cordero is fascinated with media and how it infiltrates our visual consciousness, how we experience and digest information at breakneck speed. In Heroes Before the Last Vision, Cordero presents a layering of images: the tree lined landscape from a 17th century painting by Dutch master Meyndert Hobemma; the face of Dámaso Pérez Prado, the Mambo King; and the digitized title, implying an underlying narrative. For Cordero, there is neither one specific narrative, nor is there one perspective on history; just as there is no one way to define the work of an artist.
Raúl Cordero graduated the San Alejandro Fine Arts School, Havana in 1989, and the Higher Design Institute in 1994. He attended the Graphic Media Development Centre in The Netherlands in 1995 on a scholarship. Some of his recent exhibitions include solo shows in Spain, Havana, San Diego, Mexico, and New York. His art is owned by many collections, including the Centre Pompidou in France, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, and MOCA. He lives and works in Mexico City.
Image courtesy of the artist and Magnan Metz Gallery, New York.