El Patio (The Patio)
Medium:Painted Plexiglas and Reproduction Photograph
Height: 27 in
Width: 40 in
Dark-skinned girl with folded arms looking to [her] left; colorful top and jean shorts, leaning against cream-colored brick wall.
This grouping of photo paintings is directly inspired fromÂ photographic images that Jose Narezo created during his sojourns to Cuba.Â Many of the images are of street life in Havana and depict the people, outdatedÂ automobiles, and the neglected buildings that inhabit the capitol city. Upon his return, he enlarged these snapshot images to a scale that allowed viewers toÂ immerse themselves in his scenes. He then manipulated the enlarged reproductions by applying paint to a sheet of Plexiglas that covers the image.Â By doing this, he hoped to intensify the image and theÂ experience of the viewer by exaggerating color and texture in particularÂ areas.