“Ricardo Pelaez is a Colombian artist with a vision for the arts that blends together design, etching and architecture, which are the focus of his projects. In the series, “Art in Context”, Pelaez focuses on creating 3-D installations with the ability to become interactive.
Central to each composition are references to iconic imagery. In “Fritza. Bitte Sitzt,” for example, Pelaez reinterprets Gustav Klimt’s famous painting, “Fritza von Riedler,” extending a decorative pattern from the painting through the foreground and continuing on to the livable space of a chair. The end result seamlessly joins the object with the painting, which blurs the line between art and design. “My goal is to create works that are both beautiful and functional,” said Pelaez. “I hope viewers are captivated by these 3-D pieces and feel that they too are part of the experience.”
From his earliest etchings Ricardo Peláez paid homage to the beauty of the natural landscape of his native country of Colombia. Here the landscape is scented with hibiscus, fuchsia, bromeliads, and magnolias. Using nature as inspiration, each of his etchings is composed of a motif. Then, editions of these etchings become an assemblage allowing Peláez to create a ‘macro’ work from the elemental units of single prints. ”