Elías Peña´s paintings are based off his observations of everyday life, moments of community and intimacy in public spaces: elderly men playing games by a curb, children rushing out of school, people waiting in traffic.
In each work, the artist offers a process of finding the narrative capacity of reality and people around us while expressing these stories in a unique language. Figuration and abstraction, chaos and harmony, the instant that separates accident from chance. Instead of rigid representations of reality, each scene aspires to portray something closer to the subjectivity of human consciousness: a distillation of personal experience, of a particular moment that remains open and fluid to the viewer´s interpretation.
He sees painting as a means of communication between a painter and a person looking at his work – not so much in terms of a deep mutual understanding but rather as a catalyst for feelings and emotions. Is not about create something new, but to transform, rebuild and give another perspective.