THROUGH RAYA’S EYES: A SURREALIST PERSPECTIVE
Marcos Raya brings together new and old works in a variety of media that mostly explores the sociological impact of technological change. He approaches issues such as alcoholism, war, poverty, and strangeness, nonetheless with beauty and wit. His paintings, altered objects and installations present an idiosyncratic hybrid of Mexican folklore and American pop culture. His work has more affinities with Dada and Surrealism infused with elements of Chicago style pop expressionism and Rasquachismo.
Fragments of a ceremonial/circumscribing of space are evident in the works of Raya. Through an extension of his own personal space, his frontier is filled with assemblage that takes life from the residue of crisis. His installations operate as both a self portrait and collective history.
In the context of a merging reality of medical and psychological proportions, mannequins, surgical supplies, baroque representations of reliquaries, altered objects and monumental paintings are all open to his visual commentary. Raya's edge is both intimate in a domestic construction and sinister in a spectacle of public dimension.
Raya has exhibited widely throughout the country and internationally. A few being the Museum of Modern Art Mexico, Chicago Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and many more important collections.
This sale not only celebrates Marcos Raya's art and achievements but offers a chance to own intimate images and objects conjured from the dreamlike world of one of the greatest American-Mexican artists of our time. 1837 Auctions is honored to present this profound body of work on bidsquare.com spanning over four decades of art. Please keep in mind, works sold over $10,000 will be commission free for the artist, which is our way of helping to facilitate artists to create full time.