domingo, 10 de junio de 2012


                                         Oleo sobre lino


By José Antonio Pérez Ruíz
Puerto Rico 2007
Translated by Maximo Encarnacion

The Centro de Arte Espinal presents a new collection of Checo´s still life paintings. His hyperrealist style, which is tinged by a verism that derives from a special vision, is stressed. The subtleness of his brushstrokes brings towards our eyes agricultural products in a state of perfect ripeness. Each piece constitutes an acknowledgement to the diverse productivity of the land, just as each presentation seems to be inhaled in utopian environments. He exalts the goodness of the fruits and vegetables that complement the Creole table. In other occasions, he concentrates his work in the tools that are indispensable for their processing; in those cases, their verisimilitude acquires strong accents of immediacy.

Jorje Checo is a gifted draftsman and an excellent colorist. His ample domain of both disciplines is an indispensable attribute in the painting that transcends. The power of attraction of his canvass comes from the accuracy with which he appeals to what is sensory and the strength that his classic lines fix in our minds. It is necessary to point out that in the compositional aspect, his rapprochements are impeccable. Formats with pyramidal organization prevail in his realizations. Other times, he organizes them in angles as if they formed imaginary triangles which permit our look to slide rhythmically over the surface. It is evident that the rhythm in the ocular movement of the spectators is ruled by the artist.

In many occasions, the presence of tablecloths is used by Checo on purpose. For he knows how to play with the alterations of lights and shadows provoked by the folds. These agitate the optics and, in this way, inject mobile touches that move like surges that act under the rigidity of the integrative elements in each work. Another aspect he takes care of when conceiving each piece is the quality of the textures in the main agents. This fact permits him move the desires of the spectator. The long list of items that serve him as models, constitute a stock of nutrients, whose cultivation requires care. His work constitutes a permanent message about how much we can loose if we drop our guard on the efforts for keeping the ecological balance.

Jorge Checo brings up temporary affairs to public concern. Thus, he indicates the human needs of all times. For this reason, the still life painting is what we call a simple painting of genre, which is valid through history. The presence of the delights that spring up from our lands tells us about the unlimited potential of the Caribbean soils. It is important to note that art, in each culture, has left material and artistic evidence of their diet. We cannot forget that the primitive man accompanied his dead people with the tools and the necessary nutrients to undertake a new life with ultra-worldly characteristics. In the Babylonian representations and in the hieroglyphics in the pyramids of Egypt, there are processional representations of characters that offer foods to the pharaoh and his gods. In all epochs, they have recognized the personal, social, economic, politic, and spiritual importance of the table for human development.

The Caribbean still life paintings conceived by Jorge Checo are typical in the Caribbean region. In lands where there are not climatic limits for crops. These paintings become conceptions that show a constant affluent of fruits, whose presence is not altered by seasonal changes.

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