One apt brushstroke is all I’m searching for

The artist from Bogotá is exhibiting “Less Words, More Color,” a series of paintings conceived in Boston, where he lives. These works evidence all the maturity of a man born to be free and to paint.

Born in Bogotá 32 years ago, in a family of artists, Alejandro Fischer-Cárdenas found it easy to decide his future at an early age. Art in all its manifestations was his daily nourishment from those around him, and it marked him forever.

Today, after traveling the ways of drawing, painting and sculpture, he is beginning to make the dreams of his childhood and adolescence come true—in his own words, “the dream that other, greater men, lived when they decided to paint with oils.”

Photo Credits: El Espectador, No.5 August 20, 2003

For now, his search has taken him along the paths of figurative art, a term which doesn’t fit too well with those who prefer not to be categorized under any specific current nor seek to be a part of any clear-cut contemporary movement. On the contrary, they seek their stimulus and artistic vision in man, the natural world, its structure, and the “invisible” world that surrounds them.

“Modern realism is the current that most appeals to me. I admire anatomy and the forms of expression that derive from it in the work of a Rodin or a Toulouse-Lautrec. Anatomy and design have become fundamental elements of my work,” the artist admits.

For Alejandro Fischer-Cárdenas, his generation is different and aggressive in a world of constant change. “The ever-increasing visual resources are a fertile field ready to be explored. This is the great opportunity I have as an artist to find new forms of expression. I will continue along this path as long as I continue to work within the tradition known for its commitment to draftsmanship and line.”

Europe and its great wealth of artistic expression has been his nourishment during recent years. Trained at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the paintings he is showing in Colombia now reflect his attainment, at this stage in his life, of that spirit of freedom vis-à-vis a canvas or a slab of wood, armed with light, brushes, turpentine, linseed oil and pigments: “the lifestyle I chose.”

Fischer has achieved maturity as an artist and he accepts the creative challenge. “Give me a pencil and I speak. I was born to paint and to communicate my ideas through color. The thoughts that travel through my mind while my hands attack the canvas or a slab of wood are reflected in these patches of color that I’m presenting at DEIMOSarte, some more polished than others. One apt brushstroke is all I’m searching for.”

[From Colombian newspaper El Espectador November 2, 2003]