While Remade in Cleveland
remains on view in the main gallery, Heights Arts’ Spotlight Gallery showcases the work of Ecuador-born, Cleveland Heights-based artist Rafael Valdiveiso Troya. Utilizing ink, wash, acrylic and collage techniques, Troya creates complex, densely packed compositions, sometimes containing hundreds of figures and faces. This solo exhibition of recent work opens with a free, public reception with the artist this Friday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m.
"We are very pleased to present this spotlight exhibition of works by Rafael Valdiveiso Troya,” says Heights Arts Executive Director Rachel Bernstein. “Our new Spotlight gallery, made possible by funding from the Jean, Harry and Brenda Fuchs Family Foundation allows Heights Arts to nearly double our exhibitions each year. In these spotlight shows we will be able to showcase an individual artist - something we do not typically in our regular exhibitions in the main gallery. This is another new way Heights Arts is able to serve artists and the community."
Troya’s captivating compositions encourage a multiplicity of potential readings by the viewer; rewarding the viewer for more time spent exploring his imagery and contemplating its meaning. His work juxtaposes themes of human joy and struggle. These shifting perspectives were influenced by his experiences in different cultures.
"Our languages tie us to our world, our experiences and our beliefs. Worlds are opened and limited by language. My tongues —Spanish, Quechua, English—build dialogues that seem the same but in reality reveal different paradigms. They show me that life can be experienced from different vantage points,” Troya says.
An active member of his adopted community, Troya has participated in numerous public art projects; including designs for the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Parade the Circle, a mural for University Circle Inc. and altars for the Cleveland Day of the Dead.
Spotlight: Rafael Valdivieso Troya
remains on view through Saturday, March 12, during regular gallery hours: Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday.
(Heights Arts) 2175 Lee Rd., 216-371-3457, heightsarts.org