Lot #01: Rafael Francisco Salas Coda, 2020
Oil on canvas
48 x 84 in.
Coda is the breathtaking culmination of Rafael Salas's recent work, which combines landscape painting, Byzantine iconography, and country music into otherworldly oil paintings that evoke a strange, rural poetry. Coda depicts a phalanx of country musicians gathered at a clearing in the woods to make mysterious music. For Salas, country music serves as an allegory of the American experience in which singers intone about the mythologized character of rural life. Salas has used the country musician as a recurring motif in his quest to give visual description to life in rural Wisconsin.
Salas's work has been exhibited in New York, Boston, San Diego, and many venues in the Midwest including The Neville Public Museum, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center, and Frank Juarez Gallery. Salas is a professor of Art at Ripon College in Wisconsin.