Symbolic Realism

A pictorial movement as a means of analyzing our closest reality; to reach the truth that hides behind misleading appearances.

The coining of this term to define the style of my pictorial production is due to the fact that the appearance of certain elements in each work is not by chance, on the contrary, these express selectivity to be used like simple codes from a native and inner language that lead to decoding a message that wants to go beyond friendly esthetic contemplation.

In this way, the dry leaves symbolize the inevitable passage of time, the finiteness of the world, the irrefutable result of a significant baroque influence. This concept is repeated in several works, for example:
“Premonition,” “Reading Some Old Letters” or “Loneliness Set to Music.” 

In the painting titled “Rose,” anecdotally the real name of the model, the rose losing its petals not only represents femininity, lost innocence, but also responds to the well known phrase by the poet Federico García Lorca, “Youth is a rose that dies.” The plant commonly known as Adam’s Rib that appears in the background to the right symbolizes masculinity.


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María José Aguilar

María José Aguilar is born in 1964 in the city of Seville, Spain.

From her earliest age she demonstrates artistic inclination and abilities.

She grow up admiring great masters of the History of Painting, especially the Spanish Baroque painters like Murillo, Velázquez, Zurbarán, Valdés Leal ... those that would have a first and great influence on her.

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