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In this essay, the well-known critic Roberto Guevara discusses the works by the Venezuelan artist Julio Pacheco Rivas exhibited at the Galería Estudio Actual (Caracas, 1978–79). Guevara explains this artist’s lifelong interest in painting desolate architectural structures that, with time and experience, opened up to new spaces. Guevara mentions that as Pacheco Rivas evolved as a painter, he revealed his inner, most authentic world. The critic stresses that he is referring to a work in progress that, to some extent, is still demanding solutions and clarifying requirements.
In this essay, the Venezuelan poet and critic Roberto Guevara (1932–98) describes a specific period (1978–79) in the career of the painter Julio Pacheco Rivas (b. 1953). Guevara claims to have followed Pacheco’s career ever since his earliest works, and thinks his architectural pieces are becoming more complex. The critic sees similarities in the illustrations created by Pacheco Rivas and those by artists from antiquity, such as the Italian Andrea Mantegna (1431–1506) and, among Venezuelans, Emerio Darío Lunar (1940?90).
Guevara also provides an important explanation for the changes in Pacheco’s painting, describing them as appropriate steps in a state of evolution, and attributing them to his stay in Paris, France, where he began to schematize space in his compositions. In Caracas, those paintings were shown at the Galería Estudio Actual in the late 1970s.
To read the interview with Yuraima Granados C. about the work of Julio Pacheco Rivas, see “En el taller de Julio Pacheco Rivas” [doc. no. 1160407].