Lorenzo Durán (Cáceres, Spain) is a self-taught artist who found out at age 36 that he had left aside two of his true passions: art and nature. His awareness came one day, in 2005, when unemployment appeared in his path and he began living an existential metamorphosis which has turned him into a man who is increasingly aware of his inside, his shadow, and that attempts to communicate with all that through one of the tools he knows best: art.

He decided to start his artistic journey by the classic Oil on canvas, from which he has never entirely separated, and was fortunate to have attracted interest in the “Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes” (Barcelona), where they purchased his work “Entre cielo y tierra” (“Between sky and earth”) for the collection of the “Museu d’Art Modern Europeu, MEAM” (European Museum of Modern Art).

 

Artist’s Statement

"Inspired by a caterpillar I decided to cut plant leaves the same way as other artists do with paper, that idea captivated my whole mind because it looked like a great opportunity to combine two of my true passions: art and nature. Due to the lack of information about the “leaf cutting art” I have developed my own technique, going through a long trial-and-error process until I found a good way of cutting my designs without spoiling the leaf. I use a surgical scalpel to cut the figure, removing the plant tissue until the image, previously drawn on paper and fixed to the leaf, appears. My geometric or figurative designs mostly come from my innate observation of nature and the personal metamorphosis I have gone through in recent years."

Featured works for ALEF 2016

PÁJARO (Bird)

(44x34 cm - 17x13 in)

Lorenzo Durán

EL PATRÓN (The pattern)

(43x43 cm - 17x17 in)

Lorenzo Durán

LA JAULA (The cage)

(32x42 cm - 12x16 in)

Lorenzo Durán

LA MUSA (The muse)

(32x42 cm - 12x16 in)

Lorenzo Durán

SILENCIO (Silence)

(50x58 cm - 19x22 in)

Lorenzo Durán

AIRE (Air)

(32x42 cm - 12x16 in)

Lorenzo Durán