Friday, July 18, 2014

Juan Antonio Roda in the Museo Nacional

'A dead nun's delirium.'

Juan Antonio Roda was born in Spain in 1921 and moved to Colombia only in his early '30s, after marrying a Colombian woman, but still managed to become one of Colombia's leading painters of the late 20th century.

Despite Roda's experiences with the Franco dictatorship, World War II and Colombian violence and politics, his work seems apolitical and often abstract. Instead, it has elements of religion and eroticism.

Roda's work is on display now in the Museo Nacional in Bogotá.

Roda in his studio. 'I make non-figurative painting, but not abstracts. I don't like to be totally abstract; I like painting to be alive.'

A self-portrait.
Self portrait II
'Bullfighting.' Roda compared 'la fiesta brava' to an erotic game, with 'partying, fear and serenity.'

'The laugh.'


By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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