Abstract-Expressionism-Plein Air

Acceso a la galería de imágenes During the sixties, Rafael Català applied to his work a thematic charge full of social commitment, involved in the misery of the disadvantaged, in an attempt to remember past periods, with the apathy of the oppressed, the internal rage and the permitted vice of evasion. Despite this, the internal idea of Català in his expressionist painting does not wish to lay out ingenuous revolutions to captivate mediocrity, conceiving the work in his own being, aiming to transmit the emotional individuality of whoever analyses it, and a subjective, autonomous universality, radically opposed to the global. “Problems, enjoyment, solitude and misery are part of me”. The painter encloses himself in his own desperation with powerful strokes, without letting the slightest effort of external uprising escape him. The idea of the “Confused Self” emerges, which runs parallel to his production throughout his artistic trajectory, though with clear variations and modifications with regard to the dramatic and disconcerting beginnings, transporting the author from "Self” to "the Other” (as from the seventies), where the visual distance of what is depicted and personal detachment becomes consolidated.

Conscious that painting should overcome the dramatic and agonic barriers of a confused mind, Rafael Català sets out on new parallel –even coetaneous– paths with the aim of giving plastic art a variety and richness that he could not find in other pictorial genres. With landscapes, the painter feels freed from the sense and the feeling of a theme that, not infrequently, eclipses the project itself, its message being valued more than the actual content. One need not make great efforts to remember that landscapes and still-lifes were the two basic genres used to start the main vanguards of the 20th century; from landscapes, Impressionism was discovered, from still-lifes, Cubism. Landscapes –in Català there is no doubting this– are like an experimental laboratory where new technical and aesthetic techniques are analysed and created, leading to an evolution and development in painting.