Patricia Iglesias Peco


oil on wood board
60 x 50 inches

In Naturaleza Viva, Iglesias Peco considers flowers’ ephemeral sexual lives and emphasizes their primal urgency and aggression. Gesturally painted in harmonious colors with sharp, saturated punctuations, Iglesias Peco’s plant life, despite their impending death, is rife with clandestine botanical activity. Her long sweeping gestures, liberal use of watery oil paint, and shorter, bellicose brushstrokes present climactic conversations between reproducing plant bodies. Especially popular amongst early-1600s Dutch and Flemish societies, floral still lifes have a longstanding presence in art history. Beyond subject and symbolism, Iglesias Peco’s flowers move. Radiant, rich, and juicy, her paintings convey the sensual dance between filaments and sticky stigmas receptive to pollen. Imaginations of floral scents waft in the air, hovering around each painting but still, a mysterious darkness charges each work. Deeper color tones suggest withering, dehydration, or sun-sick leaves but even these tones are merely interspersed. Patricia Iglesias Peco (b. 1974, Buenos Aires, Argentina) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. After apprenticeships with Pablo Edelstein and Philip Pavia, in Argentina and Italy respectively, Iglesias Peco moved to the United States to study first at the Savannah College of Art and Design and subsequently at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Iglesias Peco has participated in several group and solo shows, both in the United States and Argentina including: Del Vaz Projects, Los Angeles; Situations, New York; La Loma Projects, Los Angeles; Barbara Gladstone, New York; Sears-Peyton, and Soloway Gallery, New York. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

[excerpted from François Ghebaly website:]