Alchemy of Color
An expression of personal perception through art Raymond Olivero
January 14 - February 26, 2022
Friday, January 14, 2022 – Opening Reception 6 – 8 pm
Saturday, January 15, 2022 – Artist Talk and Q&A 10-11 am
Saturday, February 26, 2022 – Last day of exhibition
Meet the Artist at the gallery every Saturday between 11 am until 4 pm, January 15 – February 19, 2022.
The only exception will be during the Art Festival,
February 5 and 6. You can stop in and meet Mr. Olivero from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.
“The Alchemist” Oil on Linen
Mr. Olivero is a painter and photographer who received his BA degree in painting from the University of South Florida and his MFA degree in painting from the University of Illinois. Since his schooling, his art has been in approximately 200 exhibitions which include one-person shows, group invitationals, and national and regional competitions. He has received awards at 26 of these competitions. He has been awarded an NEA Regional Fellowship, a Florida Visual Arts Fellowship, the Broward County Duane Hanson Fellowship in Public Art and has been awarded 11 public art commissions.
Finally, Mr. Olivero is represented in numerous public and private collections. As a professor in higher education, Mr. Olivero taught for 42 years. He has taught 2-D foundation courses and art appreciation, as well as painting and drawing to beginners through graduate students. As Graduate Coordinator at Wichita State University, he sat on graduate committees and conducted aesthetic seminars. He has served as a visiting artist/speaker at many universities and museums. He has also participated in art panels and workshops.
Questions and Answers
Q: In regards to your self-portrait “The Alchemist,” do you see self-portraits as a reflection of an artist’s vanity?
A: For me, no. I think of self-portraits as a means of existential reflection into the human condition. There is also a practical side to a self-portrait. You always have a ready and willing model.
Q: Why did you title your self-portrait the “Alchemist”?
A: In our times what constitutes art and what it means to be an artist has become somewhat blurred. So I have chosen to call myself an alchemist. When I speak of alchemy, I speak of it metaphorically. Through alchemy, the alchemist transforms ordinary metals into gold. In my work, I transform a set of materials, feelings, thoughts, aesthetic sensibilities and perspectives into an object that creates an independent, enduring, aesthetic experience that I view to be as magical as making gold out of a common metal. Paulo Coelho’s book, The Alchemist, defines alchemy as a means to living a transformative life. I see painting as doing the same thing. It shapes my view of my existential state and has set my path towards self-realization.
Artist, Ray Olivero