No Place Gallery finishes year with work from New York City-based artist
New York City-based (the Bronx, specifically) artist Fernando Pintado is liberal in his willingness to use a variety of materials in his creative process — including his previously made works.
The San Juan, Puerto Rico, native is a devotee of painters/printmakers Francisco Goya and Andy Warhol, employing recurring imagery to create a unique-yet-universal language. His latest body of work finds Pintado reusing art he made as a graduate student, layering and intertwining unstretched canvases to create site-specific works that give his existing visual language new meanings.
“I'm looking into my past to look at the present so I can look into the future,” Pintado said by phone in a recent interview. “There is a heavy bit of nostalgia in this work.”
Indeed, the exhibition title comes from a reading textbook used in Puerto Rican schools. The work is also informed by more recent changes in Pintado's personal life, of which he said, “I exorcised everything through the art.”