RIESTRA ADOLFO

Adolfo Riestra (Tepic, Nayarit, 1944-1989) studied law at the University of Guanajuato, besides collaborating with Graphics Workshop Potrero Hill in San Francisco. It has been considered part of the fourth generation of the rupture and representative Neomexicanismo, despite not having agreed generational or stylistically with those movements, and the influence on his work of international movements such as the German Neo-Expressionism, Italian Transavanguardia or the new American painting. Throughout his career, Riestra presented exhibitions in countries like Mexico, United States, Cuba and Puerto Rico. The last of these, held in the OMR Gallery shortly before his death, widely projected his sculptural work. However, in his work also they have a very important role and his work in his painting exhibidos--seldom reproduced and, to the extent that its volume can be stated that clay and bronze work is based and built from strokes fast and free of your drawing. Adolfo Riestra terracotta-within which it is possible to find some consistency, especially in the last stage of his life are characterized by their hieratic and severity, as well as the approach of a critical attitude towards art and assimilation primitivism. His proposal is a renewal of the ceramic tradition with references to ancient cultures, from a remote deconstruction of evocation and simplification, as well as the aura of sacredness enhanced by modern thought. In these works it is possible to observe a fascination for folk art, as well as an interest in the human body and psyche. In the words of Germaine Gómez Haro: "His monumental totems, imbued with an aura of mystery and ambiguity, marked a milestone in sculptural production of the late twentieth century for its originality, its technical perfection and its high power of poetic evocation . Figures who manage the complex synthesis of ancestral forms of pre-Columbian past and searches of ownership, transgression and deconstruction of postmodern era. "