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A painter and draftsman by calling and choice\, Gerard Ellis establishes an interesting dichotomy between the practice of painting and social critique. His pictorial work is highly expressive and vigorous for t hose who directly or indirectly participate in the multiple strata of the c ontexts of which this artist speaks. The violence\, corruption and lack of willpower characteristic of our times are central topics of his meticulous pictorial work. There is a studied connection and interdependence between w hat is his work and what constitutes his life experiences\, which translate s into a certain underlying politicization of life’s experience. Self-refer ential and sometimes autobiographical\, his dynamic yet intensely personal and authentic compositions serve on dual levels\; not only are they effecti ve in presenting the viewer with truncated iconoclastic narratives\, but th ey also possess a strong visual vocabulary of technical styles.

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Ellis competes in a direct relation to the animal\, this time \, no longer domestic (an owl\, a cybor-dog\, among others) with the man an d are constant companions to the figures in the paintings. Equipped with a dramatic quality\, the plastic movement of each one of the works speaks of speed and stillness\, paralysis and aggression\, being the diachronic dicho tomy of the mental movement of the spectator.

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Born in Santo Domingo \, Dominican Republic in 1976\, he graduated from the National School of Fi ne Arts and the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo. Selected to be part of the “S-Files”\, the 6th edition of the El Museo del Barrio Bi ennial in NY\, 2011. Has been recognized with three awards of Excellence by The Society of News Design\, 2007-2008. In 2007 was invited to be part of the IX edition of the Cuenca International Biennial\, Ecuador. His work has been exhibited in group shows in the Nassau County Museum of Art\, NY\, Th e IDB Cultural Center and The Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington\, D. C. Selected to be part of the National Biennial of Visual Arts and the XX e dition of the E. León Jimenes Art Contest (Biennial)\, where he received th e Prize for painting\, both in the Dominican Republic. He participated in t he “Sarmiento Public Art Project\, 2007” in public areas of the city of San to Domingo.

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International contemporary art fairs include: VOLTA NY\ , Scope\, Pinta and Arte BA.  His work is in the permanent collection of th e Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach\, CA\;  Fundación para la Pint ura\, Canaria\, Spain\; the Museum of Contemporary Drawing and the Museum o f Modern Art in Santo Domingo\;  The Dominican Congress and in private coll ections in New York\, London\, Miami\, Spain\, Panamá\, Venezuela\, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo.

DTEND:20130703 DTSTAMP:20141021T201910 DTSTART:20130530 GEO:40.749403;-74.004838 LOCATION:532 Gallery Thomas Jaeckel\,532 W. 25th Street \nNew York\, NY 100 01 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Between Villages\, Gerard Ellis UID:278125 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR