RAMON SURINYAC AND THE FRAKTALS

According to Wikipedia, a fractal is a semi-geometric object whose basic structure, fragmented or irregular, is repeated at different scales. This is the definition of a fractal, and thinking about them -present in each and every one of the material things we see and touch- the association of these fractals with the technical work of Ramon Surinyac and the visible result of his paintings comes to my mind.

When we look from a distance at a Surinyac’s work, a beach, a snowy mountain, an undergrowth or a debris accumulation, we feel that we are contemplating a realistic, almost photographic work. We are sometimes surprised to be captivated by an apparently conventional landscape scene, we who have a more contemporary taste. As we approach the painted surface the work opens up in an almost lyrical abstraction that presents many strokes and colors which we did not suspect being there. We approach and walk away several times and then we realize that this is a work of high quality and technical complexity.

Ramon Surinyac does not intend to create a work composed of fractals, although he can not escape this fact. However, the best explanation for his work and the captivation that it produces could be exactly that, that we are observing many times the same snow, or beach, or undergrowth, or accumulation of debris at different scales and with different intensities. A snowy mountain pregnant with hundreds of small mountains. A beach with hundreds, thousands of smaller beaches that reproduce themselves infinitelly.

In his daily work and pictorial process, Surinyac also has a similar behavior, composed of many mornings facing the empty board. With a meticulous, intense, repeated, almost Zen process, he composes and creates places and landscapes he lives with and which have nourished his life story. Thus he is also a live recipient of all these visual experiences that he conveys on to his paintings through a kind of catharsis.

- Javier López Vélez