El Carnaval de Venecia | The Carnival of Venice | 2007
A commonality exists among great artists: the quest for authenticity. It plays a role in revealing the truth, and in so doing, revealing what gives life meaning. For Peris this search for authenticity is manifest in the Venetian masks, in the distorted reflections on water, and in the gestures of subjects embodying alter-egos— a momentary relinquishment of self, or possibly more… an attempt to express that authentic self in ways that are perhaps even more truthful and real.
Person, from Latin, per-sonare: “sonar” or “sound through”, in this case, a mask, a character… the confounding search for one’s own self… is presented to us starkly in a scenic continuum of 50 large oils on canvas, vibrantly painted and masterfully executed by Vicente Peris. Almost 100 meters of flowing, enveloping world seem to interact, dialogue and contrast with each other, making us feel as if we too had been caught up in the carnival; ambling alongside this masquerading society, so distanced from its truer, deeper reality.