Artist Andrew Osta and Son
Oaxaca, Mexico with son Nicolas

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Artist Statement, 2020

I will be the first to admit that writing about my art is not easy. First, why do I paint at all? I started creating art in 2004 because it helped to unwind my brain and was therapeutic. My early work was in a way a purging process, an uncovering of my fears and desires. I used symbols but without understanding what the symbols meant, and when at some point, standing in front of the painting I burst out laughing, I knew that it was either finished or close to it. I looked at those early paintings as one looks at records of dreams, trying to figure out what my unconscious was trying to tell me. At this point, my painting process was highly personal, and I was not concerned with aesthetics. Even so, early paintings took a long time to complete, from several weeks to many months.

Later came a period of asking myself what I have not yet done as a painter and doing it. It was about broadening my horizons and expanding my vocabulary. This is how my first landscapes and florals came about. I did them simply because I had never done them. Because I have never studied art formally, a lot of my process consists to this day in exploring various methods and techniques, to see what works. My brain does not retain a lot of memory when it comes to everyday life, yet it is somehow capable of remembering all kinds of subtleties when it comes to color, i.e. how to very quickly mix the needed color hue, what effect any color would have when placed next to another color, etc. During the execution of every one of my paintings, even to this day, after painting for 15 years, I continue to try things I haven’t tried before. Basically, I have a powerful drive to learn and discover.

Several artists and curators have pointed out that my art often appears to use all colors of the rainbow, and a few have suggested that I limit my palette. I’m not against limited palettes, but I feel that using the full color spectrum has a positive impact on the soul. In this sense, my art is spiritual even when not explicitly so. Unlike forms, which speak more to the mind, colors and color relationships speak to the spirit.

I maintain the firm stance that good art (as opposed to bad art) does not require a lengthy writeup next to it in order to be appreciated, so I will stop writing here.

Andrew Osta

October, 2020