“I know I am expressing myself when I paint but I can’t explain the source of the resulting
gestures. I am not in any way suggesting that black matter is responsible for what I paint,
rather I am interested in the relationship between the two unexplained movements, the one
observed in the universe and the one traced by my brush.” – Santiago Parra
Having exhibited in world leading cultural centres such as London, Mexico, Miami and
Madrid, Parra is internationally recognised for his powerful black abstract paintings on raw
canvas, each made with a single brushstroke. Black Matter marks Parra’s very first solo
exhibition in St. Moritz at Galerie 10 and seeks to underline his role as a protagonist in the
field of abstract painting.
Parra’s staple medium of a blank canvas and black acrylic paint plays an integral role in his
quest for autonomous expression. The simplicity of medium, and the one brush stroke
technique present the purest and most seamless channels for his expression and
materialisation of the unconscious mind.
Black Matter thus poetically parallels Parra’s practise with the inexplicable and unseeable
forces that control the stars and galaxies. In this way, Black Matter not only heightens the
mystery behind automatic painting, but also highlights the importance of the unconscious
mind in abstract image-making.
Santiago Parra is in the collections of the Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, USA,
Jorge Perez Collection, USA, Jean et Colette Cherqui ́ Collection, France, Tanya C.
Brillembourg Collection, USA, Solita Mishaan Collection, Spain, Cesar Gaviria Collection,
Colombia, Kehinde Wiley Collection, USA, and Collection Lazaro, Spain.