The Museum of Costa Rican Art (MAC) recently opened the exhibition “Alter Ego, an exhibition that attempts to highlight the most constant lines of research of the Costa Rican artist, Rodolfo Staley, and at the same time, show other lines that remain less known to the public.
Stanley is an artist who, since the 1970s, has worked continuously on the development of his own pictorial language. His career as an advertising designer and his self-taught approach to painting have marked his production significantly.
His work is mainly framed in the conception of thematic series, such as Parques’ and Bailongos’, but at the same time, he maintains interests that are developed transtemporally to these series. Many of his works are built as a sort of collage of annotations and sketches, of overlapping moments and characters. They are scenes captured through visits to uninvited spaces, long waits for the right moment, tours and looks of everyday life, the MAC reported.
The exhibition consists of around 50 works made from the late seventies to the present. It has in its entirety a pictorial work made in oil and acrylic mostly.
María José Chavarría, curator of the MAC, said that the show Alter Ego refers to this kind of split character who is narrator and witness, but who at the same time is a participant. It places the author not only as a voyeur of many of these scenes transferred to the canvas, but also as a protagonist of his own work, the Spanish author.
Rodolfo Staley was born in Greece, Costa Rica, in 1950. He is a self-taught painter who since his beginnings has presented in his different stages certain elements in common, such as eroticism, sensuality, sarcasm, irreverence, humor, irony and denunciation, with a great sense of balance within the plastic components. Stanley has held 43 solo exhibitions, 17 of them international
Alter Ego is available and can be viewed until the end of February 2020, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Museo de Arte Costarricense, in La Sabana. Admission is free to all public.