Emotional Geometries | Leon Tovar Gallery - New York, 2017
Leon Tovar is a New York based gallery specializing in Modern art from Latin America. After nearly thirty years of operation, the Gallery remains committed to promoting scholarship on, and the market visibility of, groundbreaking artists who are integral to any complete history of Modernism.
As museums and other institutions work to reassess their collections and the histories that they tell, the Gallery’s mission is to continue responding to the urgent need for cultivating art historical narratives broader in scope. Through regular exhibitions, exhibition programming, catalogues, art fairs, and collaborations with institutions, Leon Tovar Gallery has established itself as an authority in the field of Latin American art, and as a prominent resource for both new collectors and those seeking to refine their mature collections.
"Jorge Riveros is one of the most important abstract geometric living artists from Colombia. Always following the golden mean or golden ratio as a mathematical and aesthetic principle, he has devoted his life to painting as a spiritual practice, as a way to elevate life and dignify reality, and as a meditative and discreet way of living.
Riveros has returned to his sketches made in Germany four decades ago—many of them drawn with pencil on small pieces of paper and cardboard—to continue exploring the essence of painting. From these sketches he continues to work incessantly with, in his own words, “ruler and compass,” to return to a pure and concrete abstraction that looks fresher than ever today.
Riveros “reappears” at a time when the historical revision of Latin American art, and its diffusion through exhibitions and publications, is increasingly present in the United States and Europe. We then find an artist that has been, and is, in a sustained and active dialogue with abstraction understood as an international language. In the case of Riveros, he is linked to European predecessors—Albers, Klee, Kandinsky, El Lissitsky—and influenced by his South American roots as well as the members of his generation—Rojas, Ssyzlo, Ramírez Villamizar. The artist affinity with today’s aesthetic sensibilities, the current interests and tastes, is recognizable, because through direct and simple statements, and at his 84 years, he has always practice the art of painting as a defense of reason, a meditative tool, a platform for spiritual elevation and a defense against the weaknesses of the human being."
Santiago Rueda Fajardo. Art critic and curator.