The work of Antonio Ballester Moreno is unconditionally tied with the theme of nature. However, nature for Ballester Moreno is not a place of environmental scrutiny but instead a symbol of a universal language, free of cultural segregation. It is a place of inclusion, a place of common, a world that we all share. Making the formal language of nature, a world of reduced shapes, forms, and colors the point of departure of his work, Ballester Moreno explores the symbolic world beyond the borders of traditional language.
The cloud, an organic shape in the otherwise, mostly geometry-driven practice of the artist, defines Ballester Moreno’s recent group of works. Depicted in multiple and always transforming forms, the cloud becomes a symbol of movement and time. Represented in contrasting combinations of positive and negative, these works echo the passage of time through evoking biological transitions from day to night, thus highlighting the dichotomies of nature while creating a formal connection with the 20th-century avant-gardes, a frequent reference of Ballester Moreno’s work. The work of Jean Arp and the organic shapes that define Arp’s practice is especially pertinent here. Rejecting traditional bourgeois values, Arp was to create an abstract language that would, in its essence, be a more accurate reproduction of reality as its generative principles would echo the principles of nature.