Esteban Lisa and Pietro Spada, master and disciple, formed part of the artists who facilitated the development of artistic trends of modernity in Latin America. Their artistic and cultural interventions introduced and consolidated abstraction in the cultural circles of these countries which, after the extensive European emigration at the beginning of the 20th century, converted them into sites of intensive artistic and cultural experimentation.
They abandoned figurative art to leave space for creative imagination; they experimented with cubism as an itinerary towards abstraction. Their painting is extremely reductive, probing towards the essential, experimenting with lines and colours, using universal symbols, geometry, physics and mathematics applied to art. Years of research, practice and discipline, permitted them to achieve synthesis, rhythm and harmony: an apparent simplicity that leads to the purely essential. Lines and colours meet in instantaneous gestures yet charged with meaning, inciting a dialogue between artist and spectator, inviting us to go further on the path to enriching sensations.
Although they never exhibited during their lifetimes, work was the paradigm of both artists: painting alone, removed from trends and mercantilism, giving a very philosophical sense to their painting. Both expressed their metaphysical vision of art: an expansion of consciousness and inner self in order to reveal universal mysteries. Always in connection with divine nature, transcending the ego and based on experience, pure knowledge and perception, in each work of art they reveal an objective purpose, the meaning of life. They interpret painting as self-knowledge, a dialogue with oneself, with self-recognition as a unique self in an eternal communion with the Divinity.
We have recovered the idea of the exposition “Lisa-Spada: an eternal dialogue” which took place in Montevideo this Spring, and so dedicate the entry of our private gallery to the homage that Pietro Spada wished to make to his master at the end of his life.