El buen castigo - A Good Punishment
Mixed media on paper
51 x 63.5 cm
Not For Sale
Circus was one of Oliva's favourite themes in the 80s. Evoking the reality that surrounded him through the allegory of a circus tent became an obsession. Each character in the complex framework of the show had its equivalent in real life, and in the society of its time. It appeared as if the world had been turned into a great theatre where we all played a role and Pedro Pablo was enjoying himself from the stands, like another observer in the audience.
Exhibitions with this piece
Pedro Pablo Oliva
I have always tried to link my life with creativity. I believe in everyday life, that of conflict, that of contradictions; there is precisely the theme and the germ so as not to turn the work into a daily repetition. I have tried to be a chronicler of my time, something like a kind of pictorial press or sculpture newscast. Everything that happens forces me to use different shapes, themes, and images. But beyond political or social events, I have observed humanity and its psychological dimension, with its strengths and weaknesses. I enjoy moving between drawing, painting, and sculpture, always keeping an eye on the peculiarities of my country, but also on human struggles that are universal. I think you can find truth in everyday life. If my spiritual state is chaos or my context is chaos, then too, my work is chaos; if the situation is confused, my work is confused.