MARIO GIACOYA AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF VISUAL ARTS OF URUGUAY
"Giacoya" is the first solo exhibition of Floridian artist Mario Giacoya (1951) at the National Museum of Visual Arts (MNAV).
The forty-five paintings on display in Room 4 of the museum were mostly made in 2022, with other pieces from earlier years. It is a significant snippet of the work of a prolific creator working at a great pace today, and at the same time, the privileged encounter with the Giacoya of today.
Of this group, the artist's approach to landscape painting stands out, a rural landscape that is at the same time that of his childhood, the present and the imagined one, where reapers in full manual harvesting coexist with those who carry out their different tasks in the vineyards or transporting loads. It is the Uruguayan countryside that dazzles Giacoya and that manifests itself in his painting through a vital expressionist force based on color.
Curator Enrique Aguerre explains: "He inherited his interest in color and composition from his two great masters: Daymán Antúnez and Miguel Ángel Pareja. There is a sector in the room where we can appreciate his different constructive paintings that dialogue in harmony with his series on the social gatherings of the people in cafes, patios and squares where they dance, play and rest after long days of work.
Mario Giacoya is not a naïve or naïve painter, he knows very well what he does and his technical fundamentals support a risky bet, essential for him, to capture the emotion of the moment and share it with those who approach his painting, capturing it on his canvases to initiate a sensitive dialogue in the domains of art".
Mario Giacoya was born in December 1951 in Sarandí Grande, Florida. Influenced by the world of Van Gogh, he generates situations of appetizing chromatic sense. He was a disciple of Dayman Antunez, Miguel Angel Pareja and Doro Salguero de la Hanty. From Master Pareja, in particular, Giacoya collects with notorious solvency a marked sense of color. Since 1964, Giacoya has exhibited in national galleries and museums, as well as abroad. In 1993 his work was shown at the Salón Iberoamericano de Pintura, Museo de Arte Moderno de Miami and in 1999 at the Canning House, London. He also stands out for his teaching work in different areas of education in the country and abroad. It is worth mentioning the Giacoya Workshop in Asuncion, Paraguay (1986).