"American-Venezuelan artist Arturo Correa lived his first 24 years in Venezuela where he achieved remarkable success as a young painter. Correa's father was a surgeon and his mother, a psychologist. As a child, he recalled listening to their heated debates. His father argued for the overriding influence of the natural sciences, governed by pragmatic, objective, rational thinking; his mother advocating for the subjective mind, governed by intuition and insightful reasoning. It was the classic nature/nurture conflict, and how each one affects change in human health and behavior. I believe these conflicted conversations deeply affected the young Arturo. Like his parents whose professional careers were based on healing, Arturo soon discovered his passion as an artist was also committed to, using his words, 'fixing people.'"
"Flat, frontal, with no concern for perspective or horizon to ground the viewer, Arturo's paintings combine figure, text, contemporary and historic iconic imagery gleaned from past and present. Disparate objects appear as if floating on air, arbitrarily positioned in a playful, collaged manner with no regard for scale. They hint at life's absurdities and injustices with a certain optimistic cynicism, wry humor and irony. Some of the objects are painted with a surgeon's precision, others wildly organic and free. All are informed by Arturo's personal insightful journey into memory and philosophy. Were it not for inherent colorful exuberance of these realistic and expressionistic images, his work would most certainly delve into moody, sturm-und-drang existentialism. But it clearly does not; it deliciously hovers on that exquisite edge between the two."
"As a highly respected mid-career artist, Arturo Correa legitimately carries the torch and follows the path of late 20th and early 21st century post-modernist masters such as Bob Rauschenberg, David Salle, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Francesco Clemente. As a true bicultural artist, having now spent an equal number of years immersed in the culture of Venezuela and the United States, Correa successfully bridges and fully integrates the aesthetic vibe and philosophies of both countries. His personal vision - his intent - is indeed on "fixing people", by visually communicating a new awareness of the everyday world around us."
Barbara Anderson Hill
Ascaso Gallery | Miami, May 2016
“His visual vocabulary of elements is provocative and transforming and his works entice, seducing discovery and revelation. His painterly stance proclaims a defiant independence from prevailing modes…
Arturo Correa is one of the finest painters that I have known in forty-two years of teaching at NYU.”
Marilynn Gelfman Karp
New York University