Lucid Dreams: New Work from Rafeal Francisco Salas

Lucid Dreams, photo courtesy of Rafael Salas

If you are in Milwaukee, take time to stop by Rafael Francisco Salas’ new exhibit, Lucid Dreams.

Salas describes his inspiration for the new exhibit as an exploration of “the intersection of portraiture, representation, landscape, and architecture.” He feels that “historically these traditions elicit specific contextual and also visceral responses from viewers, and in combining or exploring them in oblique ways, new responses might arise.”

Lucid Dreams builds on Salas’ past work, which was created from an “emotional or atmospheric place […] that evoked a sense of dreams or nostalgia.” Salas worked to discover how adding new elements to his paintings would change how others reflect on them. Drawing from ideas and elements seen in small towns of the Midwest (Salas’s current home), Salas felt that “our current economic climate and position in the world has created an emotional [and] psychological key that complements themes I have previously explored.”

Presented by Portrait Society Gallery, you can see Rafael Francisco Salas’ newest creations January 20 through March 10, 2012. You can see more of Salas’ artwork in Issue 8.


4 thoughts on “Lucid Dreams: New Work from Rafeal Francisco Salas

  • January 31, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Salas’s work is wonderful; it has just the right touch of the fantastical. It also brings to mind Yayoi Kusama, whose art is very fantastical. I love how Salas’s art runs parallel to South American magical realism, too. His backgrounds are so realistic but still manage to incorporate his fantastical element so that it doesn’t seem all that out of place.

    • February 2, 2012 at 4:00 am

      You can see his mixing of emotion and realism. Thank you for your insight and comments. It is nice to hear an outside perspective.

  • February 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I love his work! I was so excited to publish his work in Issue 8. He should come to Phoenix, because I’m pretty jealous of art fans living in Milwaukee right now.

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