Luis López-Chávez is a contemporary Cuban painter exploring the visual dimensions of sculptural form and logical space. Based on the frictions between geometrical forms of representation with the socio-historical context, he proposes a visuality contained between a conceptual methodology and an unconscious pulse, between arithmetical and philosophical image.
His paintings address themes such as space, emptiness, and different notions of death. By repeating elementary forms, the artist emphasizes their fundamental value and, thus, their link to metaphysical concerns. Thereby, the antagonism between form and intention, matter and mind – body and soul - is dissolved and opened for a general investigation. According to the artist, a work of art is generated by the process it informs, implying a movement or even synthesis of ideas and forms.
Luis López-Chávez was born in Manzanillo, Cuba, in 1988. He graduated from the Professional Academy of Plastic Arts in Manzanillo in 2007 and, in 2013, from the Higher Institute of Art in Havana. In 2012, he received a scholarship for the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden. In 2015, he participated at the 12th Havana Biennial in the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Havana. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, among others at the Unión Nacional de Arquitectos e Ingenieros de la Construcción de Cuba (UNAICC), the Centro Hiospanoamericano de Cultura, Havana and the Kungl. Konsthögskolan/The Royal Institute of Art. Stockholm in Sweden. Luis López-Chavez lives and works in Havanna, Cuba.