CANTA EL SAUCE

CARLOS FRANCO

Said the Greek philosopher Aristotle: The aim of art is to represent not the external appearance of things, but their inner meaning and Carlos Franco points out that The goal of art is to represent the inner meaning of things through their external appearance.

The work that Carlos Franco presents in the Galería Miguel Marcos as of May 10, under the title Canta el sauce, induces the viewer to make an introspective journey, through a seemingly heterogeneous theme, but with the human condition as subtle Thread of different situations, some real and other metaphorical.

After his previous exhibition Ecos Revertidos (September-October 2013), in which the force of the color of his pictures was the vital element that captured the attention of the spectator, insisting on maintaining his "maniera of recording the seen", in Canta el sauce, recurrence of themes involving individual atavism, and the study of symbols of the collective unconscious, the artist proposes a journey through the forces with which Nature exercises control over the life and the egotistical solitude of the human being. A sample that invites you to think of a critical essence of the work, which unconsciously gives off a feeling of restlessness. The mythological motives and illusory allegories being the main link of union.

In his claim for the inner and outer Ecosystem, the artist presents dense and mottled landscapes, without worshiping the sharpness or the bucolic, where the human being is represented between spots of homogeneous color, these sentimental layers that change the perception of the World and affect the whole picture. The figuration, this time, appears poorly defined but perfectly explicit, although not realistic. The brushstroke is vehement, agile within a complex composition of seeing, bordering abstraction and balanced.

In reference to the human being, be it man or woman although in this section, it is the women who dominate the context, Carlos Franco returns to the mythology, that allows him through the images to gradually arrive at a significance for himself Which illustrates rites and incarnates philosophy, science and mysticism, in order to offer pieces of daring approach and absolute contemporaneity. A very determined and accented figure, voluptuous and full of sensuality, in its most intrinsic representation of fertility, dominates the center of a cheerful, vital and optimistic work, not exempt from invective, as opposed to what has been previously mentioned. A palette full of light and spontaneity, through a domain of drawing, tangible in all his creations, but perfectly conclusive in these works, configures a theme that claims the feminine, and its capacity of generation and regeneration, within a context Of isolation not exempt from misunderstanding.

An exhibition in which an arduous and laborious, thoughtful task is appreciated, in which implacable criticism and pictorial exigency continue to reach high levels, without neglecting the artist's lack of confidence in understanding reality in itself, and which continues to lead him To a stormy thought.


CARLOS FRANCO (Madrid, 1951), began exhibiting in the 70's, being one of the initiators of the New Figuration Madrileña and together with these artists contributes to renew Spanish painting.

In the 80's he focuses on the attraction of symbolic motifs, classical mythology and its relation to the unconscious, as well as great masters such as Rubens, Titian, Warhol, Delacroix, Picasso ..., experienced with the juxtaposition of images And the voluptuousness of color.

He has cultivated various artistic techniques, and is now considered one of the most prestigious painters at the national level, with works in important collections.

Among its most ambitious projects, the decoration of the façade of the Royal House of Bakery in 1989-1992, located in the Plaza Mayor of Madrid, stands out. His paintings have traveled to museums in different countries like Panama, Colombia or Brazil following an itinerant exhibition organized in 2004 by the State Society for Foreign Cultural Action. In 2007 the National Museum of Art Reina Sofía organized a sample of the whole of his graphic work to be exhibited in the Monastery of Silos of Burgos and later the great Exhibition on its Generation in which it was of central importance.

His work is part of museums and public collections such as Artium Centro-Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo (Vitoria), Los Bragales Collection (Santander), Contemporary Art Collection "La Caixa" (Barcelona) or MNCARS National Museum Reina Sofía Art Center Madrid), Contemporary Art Collection of the Royal Collections, ICO Collection ... among many others.