Adolfo Estrada’s (Buenos Aires, 1942) works are created with multiple layers of oil paint that are patiently sanded until all trace of the artist’s hand is lost: brush stroke, painterly gesture or pictorial reference, leaving us with elegant compositions that become meditative spaces of intense depth.
The son of an architect, Estrada recalls that he learned to draw by copying architectural details. This early fascination with architecture has led him to collaborate with architects on various projects and he believes that those early studies inform the constructivist aesthetic of his work. “My painting is construction,” he adds, “when I sculpt I also construct.” His works are characterised by volumes which, through color or the relationship between the forms, interact with each other to create a dynamic tension that recall Quatroccento altarpieces, the geometry of Palazuelo or the paintings of Ben Nicholson or Serge Poliakoff, influences which have appeared throughout the length of his career.
In Spain since 1959, Estrada has lived for nearly forty years in the Empordà, working in the home/studio that he himself designed with an austere simplicity; a large rectangular room with a loft, almost without windows to the bucolic landscape outside. In this elemental space without distracting ornaments and a rigid and ascetic self-imposed solitude, Estrada creates pictures reduced to a most fundamental vocabulary of colour, line and the quadrilateral in space. With a long history of exhibitions in Europe and Latin America, Estrada’s work is in numerous public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art Reina Sofia, Madrid, amongst others.