The words, as a mean of expression, are not enough sometimes. 10 years ago Jonatan Alfaro found the most natural way to communicate. He replaced his words for brushes and instead of trying to make people understand what he was feeling through speech, he painted. Jonatan grew up in a rural area in Costa Rica, in a village where he says, time passes much slower and that although none of his family members has had an artistic background, there was always a common thread between him and art.
At age 20, he changed the speed of his life and migrated to San Jose, the capital, a city where the hours are shorter but the place that gave him the ease to complete University studies. Almost a decade later, he would find his passion in art. A few months after he started this new journey, he had the opportunity to meet the great painter, Federico Herrero, who encouraged and helped him found the bases of his artistic career. Years passed and now Jonatan speaks through his art "With my paintings I want people to question everything, from why I painted that , to why they are observing my work and the experience this encounter generates".
Rather than viewing, Jonatan wants people to contemplate his paintings. Although by observing you can interprete, it is not until we decide to let go and contemplate his work that we can feel that something, an emotion or feeling that he seeks to convey, no matter what that is. If we try to describe somehow his work, we would say that he paints landscapes with distant horizons, these like organic beings, in movement, where after contemplating, it's hard not to get lost in them, lost between the lines, textures and colors, where nothing matters more than the vastness in which he manages to dive us in.
"I think of landscape as something pure, full of immensity where the horizon makes us connect spiritually with God, the prime energy, nature; it takes us to a trascendental experience: Mysterium Tremendum et Fascinans… Mythology has already taught us the amazing influence and importance of landscape to human kind and evolution. Mircea Eliade also tells us about the existence in human consciousness of a series of universal symbols that reflect the sense of the cosmos. These symbols are always repeated from one culture to another in the same way. "The symbol , myth , image, belong to the substance of the spiritual life". For Eliade, man brings symbolic images that reveal the deeper meaning of the experience of the sacred". Jonatan currently lives and works in San Jose , Costa Rica.
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* ALL IMAGES ARE COURTESY + COPYRIGHT OF THE ARTIST