Celebrated artist unveils new works starting Saturday

Local artist Alsonso Duran unveils his “Forces of Nature” exhibit Saturday at the Hidden Garden Art Gallery in Libería. The celebrated artist, who also teaches art history and drawing for architecture, weaves elements of geometry and dimension through all of his works.

“Artwork is, at the end of the day, like a musical composition of shapes and colors in a plane which should stimulate the viewer and trigger an impression or impact,” he said.

Duran was born in Grecía and attended Universidad de Costa Rica where he studied fine arts with a painting emphasis. He has studied alongside Costa Rican artists Blanca Ruiz Fontanarrosa, Domingo Ramos, Guillermo Porras and Grace Herrera Amighetti. He said much of his creative drive is fueled by his lifelong attraction to physics and math.

“”Surprisingly, the duality of art and science has always been present in my life and work,” he said. “My early works had a very strong connection with mathematics and geometry, without any conscious effort on my part, and gradually my work expanded to other branches of physics and natural sciences.”

The artist has received numerous international and national awards and been chosen to participate in some highly selective shows. The Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., houses some of his past works in its permanent collection.

In “Forces of Nature,” Duran said he has mixed his deep knowledge of physics with an organic and nature-motivated style to pay respect to his home country. “My work remains abstract, but I am reconstructing the feelings of the different environments of the Costa Rican landscape through color, balance and texture,” he said.

The exhibit opens on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Hidden Garden and Duran will be in attendance for meet-and-greet opportunities.

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