Nicolás Bedel’s paintings are a permanent tribute to his two greatest passions: nature and pictorial technique. His landscapes, seas, galaxies and cosmos appear to be real but not in terms of hyperrealism but in a sensorial level where one gets allured by them, something similar to an oneiric stage that is presented to us and suddenly “we are there”, living the works from the inside to the outside and it seems for a moment as if we had have entered another dimension.
In what is referred to technique, Bedel has a unique one, a creation that is born from the combination of the most traditional ways of painting and from the most revolutionary experimentation on this discipline; a mix of photoluminescent pigments, pharmaceutical ingredients and traditional pigments and lacquers that he works with a classic paintbrush but also with torches, syringes and secret tools.
The combination of all these elements brings off a picture rich in layers and reliefs, and because the resin gets blended with the paint the artwork obtains different dimensions and at the same time the effect of the layers creates, according to the point of view of the spectator, a work with different elements that appear or fade away and colors that change depending on the position from where the artwork is looked at.
Years ago the fluorescence came into his paintings. This is a light phenomenon in which the material has the power of absorbing the energy and saving it in form of light then to radiate it again. Thanks to the property of the photoluminescent pigments he works with, natural or artificial light is absorbed charging them up and then revealing a great variety of colors: green, blue, red, orange and pink, turning the light into another element of the artwork.
We can only imagine what happens at his studio but it seems that there always occurs something of alchemy or magic that we cannot reach.
Domitila Bedel & Fresia Carnota
BORN IN 1974 IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
LIVES AND WORKS IN URUGUAY
Painting forms part of his life since he has memory. He achieves an Architecture degree by the University of Buenos Aires and he also was a painting professor. In 2004, he was cofounder of the group “Orgánico”, collective integrated by multidisciplinary artists that included the legendary Clorindo Testa, with whomhe exposed at Centro Cultural Recoleta. Since 2005, Bedel splits his time between Buenos Aires and Uruguay, where he spends months researching and developing his artworks. There, hecarries out individual and group exhibitions in different spaces achieving his work to be part ofimportant national and international collections.
In 2011 he presented at Galería Dabbah Torrejón the individual exhibition “Micromegas y Macromegas” and the group exhibition “Cachorros” at Galería Miau Miau. Early 2012 he travelled to México to paint a mural and on November 2012, he opened “A un millón de años luz de casa” at Galería Machete in collaboration with the artist Ivana Brenner. “Tonta Luz” was inaugurated on June 2013 at Slyzmud, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and on February 2014 he opens his second exhibition, “Atramentaria”, at Galería Machete, Mexico City.