The paintings of Elias Pena pays homage to the transcendent nature of scenes from everyday life. Intimacy found in public spaces, community and camaderie felt in a crowd.
In each work - elderly men playing games on the street, children rushing out of school, people waiting amidst traffic - the artist’s brushstrokes narrates untold stories in a frozen mise en scene.
Figuration and abstraction, chaos and harmony - Pena looks in each painting for the instant that separates accident from chance. Going beyond representation, each scene pulls the viewer 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.
These paintings are not about creating something new. They are about allowing the viewer to see the everyday world through transformed eyes.