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DIEGO RODRIGUEZ-WARNER - HONESTLY LYING

Feb 2, 2018 - May 15, 2018

MCA Denver is excited to announce the first solo museum presentation of work by painter Diego Rodriguez-Warner. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s production from the past five years, showcasing the evolution of his singular style, including four new paintings.


Trained as a printmaker in Havana, Cuba and at the Rhode Island School of Design, Rodriguez-Warner has developed a manner of painting that is informed by woodblock printing and characterized by tromp l’oeil, collage, and art historical references. He enhances the tromp l’oeil by carving into and staining the plywood panels on which he works. Painted shadows and subtly carved ones confuse the eye. This sensation—that of the possibility of depth—is amplified by the layering of forms, figures, and patterns that twist around, melt into, and overlap one another. Some of these fragments, those cribbed from works by ukiyo-e master Yoshitoshi, Henri Matisse, and George Grosz, among others, appear familiar, while others elude identification, even as simple shapes.