Marcelo Larrosa

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Uruguay, 1971

Marcelo Larrosa is an abstract artist in all  the dimension given to this concept by “La escuela del sur”, Uruguayan movement impulsed by Joaquín Torres García towards 1934 when he settled definitely in Montevideo in 1934 after 43 years of trajectory in the European and American vanguard movements. “La escuela del sur” aims to create a work of art with a plain painting technique, pure colors, the use of the golden ratio and structural concepts to give form to an idea. Marcelo takes from this ideas to build his own language and give form to his own train of thought.

The commodity in Marcelo´s work is language itself, where he considers each type as a form and a text as an image. The artist creates images that at first sight invite the spectator to read and make sense of the text that is proposed but that at a closer look  reveal a tangle of unreadable fonts: deformed, twisted and inverted. By this logic Marcelo Larrosa subverts the logic of writing itself, writing out literally something that cannot be read to represent the indescribable.

With his work Marcelo aims to arrive to a universal expression where an artwork conceived as a message is in fact a myriad open to multiple interpretations.

Working with the same methods of La escuela del sur”, Larrosa works following an artisanal method, creating his own pigments and canvases according to traditional methods and simple materials as though by his mentor Julio Alpuy.

The work of the Uruguayan artist Marcelo Larrosa Martinatto, a direct student of master Julio Alpuy, is focused on language. Following in line with the constructivist tradition, it twists the limits in art and considers letters as forms and texts as images. Letters with their configurations are a visual resource of great rhythm that mixes figure and background, producing an impeccable gestalt. Exploring the boundaries between painting and writing, in favor of the creation of universal signs and symbols. Symbols that bring together, that unify, that flexibilize and that give us  an infinite number of possible messages in its constructive universalism.