SENSORY TOTEMS human being in abstract painting
Man in Toreyo’s abstract painting – anonymous figuration.
The entire story of a human being in Vidal’s abstract painting is told in a private, even intimate way. Therefore, the general term anonymous figuration fits this series of works by Toreyo. It seems especially relevant in the SENSORY TOTEMS series where a symbol is integrated with another symbol. One painting symbol is intertwined with another. Metaphor reigns. Thanks to this, each image gains a large symbolic load.
In fact, everything is painted like an unspecified totem. The man in Toreyo’s abstract painting exists as an anonymous object, an anonymous figuration. The human figure has been reduced to signaling and conventional elements. It is not a man but his shadow that exists in the painting. Simplified, flattened, truncated.
The human being in Vidal Toreyo’s painting exists in the form of a pretext. The figures are definitely outlined, obvious. Their anonymity is their trait, we won’t see faces in his pictures. The whole figure is more important. In Toreyo’s painting, the human being becomes a totem, a symbol, a sculpture. He stands out from the background. He exists as if outside the picture. What is beauty? Most often, the concept of beauty is recognized as the basic aesthetic category of positive value. The science of beauty – aesthetics – deals with the analysis and creation of canons.
Man in lyrical painting is omnipresent. He does not exist in reality. He is an element of mystery because mystery is essential in lyrical abstraction. The artist tries to penetrate the hidden secrets of the world with his painting. Mystery is to him what energy is. This is what stimulates the creativity of Toreyo. Vidal’s painting makes us realize that human being is actually always in abstract painting, he is inseparable from it. The artist builds his image so that the recipient can react emotionally.