VISUAL VOICES : OSVALDO BACMAN

Born in La Plata, Argentina, Osvaldo Bacman grew up across the street from the local university’s School of Fine Art, which would become a second home for him throughout his childhood and teenage years. There, he studied drawing and painting. In the 1970s he relocated to Cologne, Germany with his family, opening an art studio on the Rhine that he occupies to this day.

Bacman was interested in three-dimensional art early in his career, manipulating wood and acrylic-painted foam boards to create what he refers to as “concrete structures.” However, over the past few years, Bacman has delved into the history of ornamentation, a diverse form of expression used in some form by nearly every culture in the world. These studies have led him to work with watercolor pencils, a method that has leant itself well to his vibrant, multi-colored, and geometrically complex works. For Bacman, art has an inherently positive quality that combats the evils of the world; it is a true force for good. His Geometric abstraction, through its dynamism and its vitality, offers the possibility of a dialogue between the artwork and the observer, thus stimulating an aesthetic and intellectual interpretation for each individual.

What are the core and fundamental themes and concepts of your art?

From a very early stage of my life, since my adolescence, I started my interest in art, specially by painting. The first thing that attracted me with true passion was the Cubism. Over the years I became increasingly interested in  Geometric Abstraction. 


Geometry is an abstract manifestation with the expresses a different reality from own   and at the same time is a concrete expression since based on elements that we live  daily. It is the intellectual expression of the world that surrounds us through the different geometric shapes that compose it such as : squares, rectangles, circles, cubes, cylinders, triangles and so on.   


How closely do these ideas relate to your creative process and the actual act of creating the art itself? 


As for the inspiration in my creative activity, I would say that what has always inspired me have been the different forms of artistic expression, starting with cubism until reaching total abstraction.

Which artists/designers/creators (past or present)  are you inspired and influenced by?

Everyone around me is my inspiration. I am a very good observer and I see objects that I interpret in a intellectual way different from others. I feel that my fantasy overflows me and gives me an infinite sensation.
As Picasso said : I do not paint what I see, I paint what I feel.
With respect to artists who inspired me the first one were Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, later the artists of The Stijl and Constructivism ( especially Piet Mondrian and El Lissitzky ) and later Frank Stella, Josef Albert and Bridget Riley.
Architecture influences my creative activity very intensely, especially the german Bauhaus and wonderful architects like Le Corbusier, Frank O. Gerry, Richard Meier or Norman Foster.

Which of your work/works stands out as a highlight, a favorite, or a significant point in your creative growth and development? and why?

I do not have the feeling of having one/some favorite works or a high point in my artistic expression. During the first stage of my artistic activity I became interested in concrete art, creating three-dimensional structures under the concept of “ The Third Dimension”
In recent years I discovered the world of Ornaments, their beauty and their importance as a form of expression in the history of human beings and their different cultures.
First I will be inspired by nature and then I return to my origins “The Geometry”. Currently and since the beginning of 2017 I’m working on a new series. “ The Mystery of Geometry “ . Acrylic on canvas.

An artist of powerful creative voice and message, what do you wish to communicate to your audience? 


The Geometry is an independent expression that has a life of its own, impregnated with rhythm, movement and continuos change, creating images that appear and disappear, making the invisible visible. My desire is to offer the spectator the possibility of confronting my work, of observing it carefully to continually discover new images that emerge, giving a rhythmic movement and life to the work and be amazed to make visible the invisible.

Creatively, professionally and in all aspects of being an artist, what are your goals for your upcoming works and art?

This type of abstraction as a consequence of its change of forms, it’s dynamism, it’s vitality, it’s own language, offers the possibility of a dialogue between the work and the spectator, stimulating the aesthetic and intellectual interpretation of each individual.

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