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Raul Mariaca Dalence Paints the Beauty of an Idealized Reality

NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of Raul Mariaca Dalence in Persistence of Form. The exhibition opens April 25, 2017 and runs through May 16,  2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, April 27 from 6-8 pm.

The paintings of Raul Mariaca Dalence are infused with color, joy, and movement. A former chemist, Dalence approaches each work with a scientific air of creativity and experimentation. In his current series, he seeks to capture the energy and music of dancing and circus life, particularly those moment when dancers are suspended in the air. For Dalence, painting isn’t just about expressing himself and his emotions, but also about presenting an idealized view of the world. “I believe that my task as an artist is to show how beautiful reality can be if one is able to imagine and to transform it, at will,” he explains. Because of this, aesthetics and color are critical to his style of painting. He is always searching for ways to bring contrast of color and tone to his work, and his application of pastels and oils is bold and expressive. Travelling across the globe, he has found inspiration in locations like La Toscana in Italy, Charlevoix in Quebec, and the Islands of Oahu, Maui, Hawaii and translated these into mesmerizing two-dimensional pastel works.

Born in Bolivia, Dalence says his color choices are influenced not just by Impressionism and Fauvism, but also by native Bolivian textiles that surrounded him as child. He currently resides in Switzerland.


Exhibition Dates: April 25, 2017  – May 16, 2017

Reception: Thursday, April 27, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11:00am – 6:00pm

Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York

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Featured Artists:

Persistence of Form

Raul Mariaca Dalence  |  Marina Sutter  |  Sandra Nitchie  |  Josie Mengai  |  Christian Barbosa


About the Exhibition

Persistence of Form

Agora Gallery showcases new perspectives on realism this spring with Persistence of Form. A highly specialized group exhibition, Persistence of Form brings together representational artists working in oil, pastel, spray paint, watercolor, and acrylic. Though they vary widely in subject matter and approach, every participant is thoughtful and focused in rendering form, down to the small details. However, unlike many traditionally realistic works, these pieces are spirited, unexpected, and thoroughly modern. This exhibition highlights an area of the contemporary art scene that is often overlooked by both the public and many art institutions.

Only a handful of artists were chosen to participate in Persistence of Form. There is a landscape artist who conjures images of the environment that manage to be both incredibly accurate and utterly fantastic visions of paradise. There are two portraitists: one who depicts faces at close range with hyperrealism, and one who employs the full-length body as a vehicle for emotional expression. There is the artist who interrogates famous figures using their recognizable formsPsychology Articles, and the artist who captures little moments of everyday life in saturated colors.

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About Agora Gallery

Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. 

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