I have been working in this mode for over twenty two years, represented by the Nohra Haime Gallery for 21 years. my parents were immigrates that arrived with barely any money in their pockets. My dad, being part of a powerful and wealthy family when he was growing up studied sculpture, he met my mom a poet at a ball, had six children and had to move to the US for a better life; his position and wealth all disappeared before he had a change to established himself. Watching my dad make his assignments to become a cartoonist, I began to draw when I was five and continued to draw and wanted to paint as a young man but didn't want to stop drawing. I combined the two disciples and with the ideas I saw and believed began to paint them from an open and different vantage point. Artworks address the joy and wonder of being here. In a recent passage from "Autobiography as Critique" Howard Mccalebb wrote: [An important Latin American born artist showing an interest in 1980's Representational Painting is Hugo X Bastidas (born 1956) in QuitoEcuador). He is a United States citizen and lives and works in New York. His paintings can be appreciated as a second generation of the rebirth of representation painting in the late 20th Century, in the United States. But unlike the paintings of Tansey, these quasi-conceptual monochrome artworks generally do not critique art theory - or challenge art world dogma. Bastidas joins the mission to rethink representation, and to look more closely at the content of representational modes of expression, to exploit the language of the embedded idea within the pictorial structure itself. His subjects vary from social and or political concerns, to complex pictures that conflicted visual perception against cerebral comprehension
Hugo's ArtPrize Entries
These are Hugo's official ArtPrize entries from this year and past years.
Hugo's Past Work
These are images of past work that Hugo has done.