Untitled (Turquoise/Stripes)
Icon "Untitled (Turquoise/Stripes)", 2006, Oil on canvas, 54 $4,200
ARTIST: DIONISIO CORTES
Dionisio Cortes, born in Mexico, lives and works in New York City. He holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Hunter College, CUNY and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Coahuila State University in Mexico.

Mr. Cortes has held numerous exhibitions in the United Sates, Mexico and Italy. He held his first solo show in1994 at Tribeca 148 Gallery in New York City. His installation work has been shown at different venues including Monterrey, Saltillo, Aguascalientes, and Puebla in Mexico. Mr. Cortes is recipient of numerous prestigious awards including an Honorary Mention at the Monterrey Biennial in Mexico and several prizes at the Vitro Art Center also in Monterrey. His work forms part of public and private collections.

Mr. Cortes has curated numerous exhibitions and has participated as juror in a number of art competitions. His cultural and educational projects have received grants from several foundations including the National Council for Culture and Arts in Mexico City and the Coahuila Cultural Institute. He has taught at several institutions including the Tlaxcala Cultural Institute, the American School of Saltillo, El Nix, the Coahuila Cultural Institute, and at Wet Paint! Art Studio in NYC

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Dionisio Cortes constructs densely patterned and highly ornamental paintings. He builds up his subject matter by laying decorative designs [drawn from materials and patterns found in the decorative arts] over rhythmic and gesture-like patterns. Cortes’ work reflects his interest in the “ideal beauty” in an overloaded information age.
 
His work is developed by carefully accumulating tens of layers. The substrates are rigid surfaces, usually wooden panels, coated with dry gesso, which yields a smooth, luminous surface. Veils of paint are layered on top in an obsessive and ritualistic process. The pieces interweave materials and methods allowing for a translucency with ethereal and atmospheric qualities. This meticulous and laborious process is encrypted and recuperated in the finished product.