Cueva (verde, amarillo y negro)

Antonio Ballester Moreno

Cueva (verde, amarillo y negro), 2022

Using the universal language of reduced shapes and bold color fields derived from nature, the work of Antonio Ballester Moreno applies a vocabulary of archetypal images, the symbolic nature of which refers to the collective unconsciousness. Symbols, the final meaning of which is determined by personal experience, spatial position, or the context within which they are assessed, refer to the relativity of the absolute order of things, and to the mechanisms of knowledge construction, that being also the point of departure of Ballester Moreno’s latest series of cave paintings.

Composed of multiple triangular elements, Ballester Moreno refers to the allegory of Plato’s cave, where a world of shadows is dressed in meaning, i.e, archetypal knowledge is completed through personal experience. The play of light and shadow, as described in Plato’s allegory, is evoked by the dichotomies of the painting’s contrasting colors passing from dark to light, from day to night. A reference to the rhythm of nature. Based on cardboard maquettes and paper cutouts, Ballester Moreno enhances here the trace of an uneven, hand-made cut, creating proximity with the human body. Despite appearing abstract, the generosity of its form, i.e., its associative nature, points to a world where everything is interconnected and where one thing leads to another.

Antonio Ballester Moreno lives and works in Madrid. His work has been exhibited at La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Guadalajara, Mexico and Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo (CA2M), Móstoles, Spain among others. In 2018 Ballester Moreno co-curated and participated in the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo. His work is in the collections of the Museo Reina Sofía Collection, Madrid, Art Situacions, Barcelona, Spain, DKV Collection, Spain, Banco de España Collection, Spain, Olor Visual Collection, Barcelona, Spain, CA2M–Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Móstoles, Spain, MUSAC–Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain, Olbricht Collection, Berlin, Collection Reydan Weiss, Essen, Germany and the Jerry Speyer Collection, New York among other.