¡ "The breath
of life" (excerpt) by Claudia Gomez Haro
"Eduardo Roca Salazar a.k.a Choco,
was born in Santiago de Cuba and graduated at the Escuela Nacional de
Arte (Cubanacan) in 1970.
The comings and goings of everyday life continue to enthrall Choco.
Each one of his "collographies" is essentially determined
by the use of color, an element that the painter handles with devilish
kindness. The light emanating from the painting's interior is both surprising
and sensual, and lays out the terrain on which figures will be moving.
Granted, Choco's works are basically figutayive, but they all share
an intimate abstractionist foundation.
As a practitioner of colography, a novel technique, Choco achieves fabulous
textures that bring forth volumes, chiaroscuros and a sensous depht
that tempts viewers to toutch them.
This series or works are widely representative of what is happening
in contemporary Cuban visual arts. Through them we perceive the island's
most intensive experiences: the sugarcane grower's hand, the magical
world of religion, the intimacies of tropical fruits, the scents of
love coming for embracing bodies. These pieces are busy with everyday
dealings, and attract us because, being both effortless and witty, they
are also imbued with the exoticism of Santiago, so effectively embodied
by the artist.
Poet Victor Casaus has said that Choco enters the new millenium carrying
the certainties of Creole beauty, the magic of his culture's roots and
the timely interrogations that shape the identity of his beloved island."
Read more about Choco here