- Mateo Manaure
- Composición No 2
- signed and dated Caracas 1956 on the reverse
- duco on wood
- 39 1/4 by 19 1/2 in.
- 100 by 49.5 cm
Galería Durban, Caracas
Private Collection, Caracas
Miami, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Embracing Modernity, Venezuelan Geometric Abstraction, October 13, 2010-January 2, 2011
Mateo Manaure is aptly recognized as a pivotal figure in the dissemination of geometric abstraction in the Americas. By 1982, the art critic Juan Calzadilla had stated that “it is not easy to refer to the experience of abstract art in Venezuela without mentioning Mateo Manaure.” Along with other fervent young artists including: Alejandro Otero, Oswaldo Vigas, Carlos González Bogen, and Narciso Debourg, Manaure was an early champion of abstraction and its potential to redefine the themes and features of Latin American culture from its roots. Such was the ambitious mission statement of Los Disidentes; a group he co-founded in Paris in 1950 as an alternative to traditional art canons. Forever the idealist, Manaure's high regard for abstraction positioned this aesthetic as the only creative venue for Latin America to attain its true “dignity.”
Dedicating an essay to Manaure on the third issue of Los Disidentes, Alejandro Otero stated that: “in France, new tendencies in painting are creating a radical transformation, and Manaure is part of that world (…) an authentic star of our times beyond the territorial limits of the native soil."