About the Artist:
Alvaro García Ordoñez the son of a carpenter and a teacher was born in the town of La Peña, Cundinamarca province, Colombia.

He studied at the Art School in the National University of Colombia in Bogotá.   After graduating Alvaro earned a scholarship that took him to Sweden, Germany, Switzerland and France.   Alvaro lived for 7 years in Germany, where  he collaborated with Professor Dr. Hans Haufe in the Institute of Art History at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.
Alvaro Garcia Ordoñez is part of a Colombian group of artists that in the late 80s and early 90s generated a rupture with the body as depiction.

Alvaro is a proponent of the union of body and water.  As both entities join together and create a rebirth, which transforms the individual into a wandering migrant, with no final destination.

Alvaro uses water in his paintings too, as the Goddess is brought within to experience their meaningful healing and relaxing technique brought from human suffering and elemental living, one must experience this, almost magical event with their colors.
In Alvaro’s performances, he uses symbols and forms in his creations.  He derives these creations from forceful events: injustice, violence, weapons and memories of war, religious disruption, inherited wounds, lack of goals and visual ponderings.
Since Alvaro’s first performance at the River Neckar in Heidelberg, Germany, he recognizes water as a female ancestral healer that in various worldwide cultures offers the ability to cleanse.  In the case of Oeuvre in Water it can heal pain, through a jungle of color.

Alvaro currently lives in the United States where he is making an ample cultural and societal contribution through his art with water.

Alvaro's Artist Statement about his current collection (under creation):

"This process is guided by water as a healing medium. It defines movement and finger strokes on each form constructed and developed as it passes from a dry state. After this metamorphoses,  I then take colored fabric creating a space that breaks a commonality and provides floating spaces, where the viewer can journey into their own imagination perceiving their own world within.
I use water as the Goddess that came before the violence and ambition that arose in Spanish America. In order to experience their meaningful healing and relaxing technique brought from human suffering and elemental living, one must experience this, almost magical event.
I use rivers with their expanded spaces, large and plentiful with their variety of shapes and colors to recreate their contexts.
The colors are not made to drift, but have a sense that seems to ask and bring forth their own meaning within the bodies of water, tones of the days past, the color of wind, light intensity, the souls of human beings plus meaningful abstractions bringing forth the meaning of life, of sounds, pain, also colors dissolving in water attracting happiness, inviting us to look into our very being, to meet our own souls within.
This metamorphous produces a pattern of colors and shapes that float and call to a visual tranquility, as its' transformational gift from the water itself becomes the observer for the benefit of the onlooker."

Alvaro Garcia Ordonez
Translated and interpreted by, Nathaniel Goldberg “Papahawk”
New York
Comments by the Assistant Curator

Comments by the Assistant Curator

Alvaro Garcia Ordonez is a Spanish American painter.  Ordonez uses water in his paintings to further develop the piece.  He describes using the water as a “healing process.”  This means that the water is not an extra step in Ordonez’s work; rather the water becomes the power behind the artwork, the element that brings the piece together.  Even some of his subject matters involve water.
Ordonez’s pieces can be related to Claude Monet and Jackson Pollock.  Ordonez does not paint water lilies or bridges but he uses specific brush strokes to create his paintings.  When viewing Monet’s work closely, you can see the small strokes an all of the bits of color that created his paintings.  Pollock’s pieces were intentionally unintentional.  He added layers of paint and his cigarette buds would fall onto his canvas.  Pollock did not know what his painting would end up to be.  Ordonez uses water with the intention to create something full.  He is using the same idea as Pollock: the unintentional acts develop the work.

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