... Many years ago I thought that Art was the right career choice for me. After trying to become an artist for fifteen or twenty odd years, I feel that i am still becoming one. Artistry is a never ending mirage which fades when approached. I can not explain, (let alone teach), how I make my paintings . Many factors contribute to my art making; ranging from personal experience to the everlasting exposure to Abstract Expressionism and its European counterpart, the so-called "Informel ".
Color is, of course, extremely important ; It is not only part of my artistic identity, (as I believe that a specific color or a specific spectral arrangement is part of an artistīs signature style), but it is likewise a statement which embodies an array of indescribable emotions.
I have always been interested in Art, but there were two exhibitions that had an overwhelming influence on me :
-The first was Leonardo Niermanīs show at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1985.
-The second took was " Modernity and Primitivism " at New Yorkīs MOMA the same year.
I had already taken a few art classes and had some experience with oil paint, but upon encountering the work of Contemporary Masters such as Pollock, Rothko and Franz Kline, I decided to be an artist ; hence I enrolled at Hunter College, ( City University of New York ), in the mid 1980īs and at NYCīs Art Studentīs League in the early 1990īs. As an undergraduate student at Hunter College I took painting classes with Color Theoriticians and Color Field painters Robert Swain and Sanford Wurmfeld.
At the Art Studentīs League I attended A.Palumboīs " Life Drawing Classes ", and W.Scharfīs " Advanced Painting Seminar ".
In 1992, I was invited by Carmelo Sobrino, a distinguished puertorican artist, to work in his studio.
That experience plus an ensuing group show at the now defunct Galeria Raices in San Juan, Puerto Rico gave me the chance to meet some local artists and understand contemporary Latin American Art better.
My medium is acrylic paint. It is a water based medium which dries faster than oil paint ; it is not toxic and once the paint has dried, the painterly surface does not glare and the colors remain lightfast. I feel this is the best medium for Contemporary Painting as oil was the chosen paint for more traditional artwork.
All the paintings on display are from the present decade ; There are obviously two types of artwork : Self-contained and blatantly gestural.
The former are small in size, monochrome, ( or almost monochrome ), with no apparent element of gesture in them ; these self-contained artworks explore the nuances found between the green and the yellow side of the spectrum. Although there is no apparent drawing in them, a very subtle texture was achieved by placing layer upon layer of wax crayons and or oil pastels. ( In all the monochrome or single color paintings, wax crayons and oil pastels on paper were the chosen media, except for the large work " Rothko in Bellvitge " which is oil and sand on canvas. )
In the gestural works, color is likewise a concern ; the background, for instance, may look green, blue, and so on, however, there are many different coats of acrylic medium, ( waterbased ), which somehow show through the final coat or layer ; eventhough a lot of the different paint blotches, drips, dots, smears and stains may look aleatory or chanceful, they have been treated individually or almost individually in order to converge into one big whole or composition.
You can contact me by e-mail:
or by phone:
tel: +34 618 41 78 44
[July 27th] New release of my website
Follow the link below to access a sample gallery of my artworks
My name is Manuel Alayo-Riera. I was born in 1964. I am Spanish American, and I have lived and worked in the USA, (New York City), the Caribbean, (San Juan de Puerto Rico and Sto Domingo), South America (Argentina), and Europe, (Barcelona, Spain) .
I have lived in Barcelona since 1998 and it is indeed a wonderful city for an artist ; I am a member of A-Marron, a group of artists who live and work in LīHospitalet. So far I have been in three group shows in Catalunya and showing regularly in Miami USA since 2007.
1991 Christmas Art Show at the now closed Savoy Movie Theater ( Group Show ).
2001 " El Sahara Lliure ". Cotxeres de Sans ( Group Show ).
2003 Torre del Bar??iladecans. ( Group Show ).
2005 " La Persistencia de La Memoria ". Centro Cultural Tecla Sala. ( Group Show ).
Puerto Rico :
1992 Included in group show at the now defunct "Raices Gallery".
USA ( Miami ) :
2007 Group Show at Frame Art Gallery.
2008 One man show at Frame Art Gallery.