La utopía del vivir

14/03/2024 - 27/04/2024

Juan De la Rica

Juan De la Rica weaves in “La utopía del vivir” a series of pleasurable elements that evoke precisely what life promised. There is no better time to enjoy this magnificent exhibition and savor in its images all that we are “de facto” denied.

In the face of an increasingly cruel reality that suffocates and squeezes us, art can be expressed in two ways: that of denunciation and that of a haven of peace, both of which are completely legitimate and necessary to support all the vital weight we carry on our backs. Juan de la Rica seems to opt for the less painful path and opens a window to several scenes that, through their kindness, emanate a pleasant sensation of comfort. A hiatus amidst all the horror that is ravaging us.

Through a series of images, with the unmistakable voluptuousness that characterizes his work, he shows what has inspired such a pleasurable sensation in him that he has felt the need to capture it. Sometimes nothing saves you more from otherness, and yourself, than finding beauty where there is peace. Not only are the chosen themes pleasing but Juan de la Rica’s works are perfectly packaged. A sum of masses that are presented in total balance, both between the volumes and between these with the chromatic range used.

The characters depicted have melancholic attitudes when their backs are turned, a legacy of Romantic painting that survives in our imagination, and in other more lively ones when we see their faces, at parties, and even playing sports. We all want to be there: dancing with that woman, stroking that kitten, looking into the distance… The paintings in which the protagonists are vases and fruit bowls are a joyful study of forms, just as Cézanne did, creating the seeds of Cubism through these objects. The artists’ recreations of simple tools seduce the viewer because the essence of their creative gaze is always to be found in them.

We recognize what he shows us and we yearn for that tranquillity that his work projects. And therein lies the key. In the kindness of Juan de la Rica’s particular pop, conceived as a utopia, lies that other path of art that a priori we did not see: the denunciation that we manage to read when we reflect on the whys and wherefores of a work that insists so much on showing the good side of life, that which some have not known and for others is only a memory.

María von Touceda

About the artist

Exhibition's artworks

Juan De la Rica
La Polca
Painting
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Group with inside plants
Painting
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Bathers 2
Painting
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Lucrecia
Painting
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Madonna con gato
Painting
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Tertulia
Painting 9200€
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Composición caras I
Painting
Juan De la Rica
Composición caras II
Painting
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Tres piernas I
Painting
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Tres piernas II
Painting
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Tres piernas III
Painting
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Untitled I
Painting
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Untitled II
Painting
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Desnudo con florero
Painting Sold
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The rape of Europe
Painting
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Flores Blancas
Painting
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La jarra negra
Painting
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Metamorfosis
Painting
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Gran frutero con naranjas
Painting Sold
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Pensadora
Painting Sold
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Soñadora ( Dreamer )
Painting
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Pensadora 2
Painting Sold
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Parable of footballer
Painting Sold
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The visit
Painting
Juan De la Rica
Pieta
Painting