Escuela de Artes Plasticas, Puerto Rico, 2011, BFA
Savannah College of Art and Design, 2013, MFA
By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of middle class values, Maldonado R. absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition born from his reality as an immigrant is important as an act of meditation.
His collected, altered and own mixed media artworks are being confronted as aesthetically resilient,
thematically interrelated material for memory and projection, by demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world’. In this way the elements of everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.
His works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, his works references post-colonialism as well as the avant-garde and post-modern as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system.
His works are characterized by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middle class mentality in which recognition plays an important role presenting itself as a frozen image of uncertain possibilities.