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Latin American Modernist Painter

Latin American Modernist Painter

Venezuelan born Armando Reveron (1889-1954) was a Latin American modernist painter and artist fascinated with the brilliant white light of Venezuela. Reveron won a scholarship to study in Spain. He went to Barcelona and studied under a former teacher of Picasso. Through Reveron, it was the first time that Venezuela was copied in the National Reference.

In the 19th Century, artists were painting uniform European objects; Virgins, the Church, horses and fruits that have nothing to do with Venezuelan culture. Reveron was the first artist to paint his culture. He broke away from the traditional use of bright shades and represented his own view. Impressively, Reveron not only painted but, he made a world, El Castille with palm trees.


His white period began with the construction of El Castille and the start of his love story with Juanita. Juanita was for him like sugar cane of the earth. She was his inspiration, partner, and there was a love story between them that lasted to his death in 1954. Juanita represents the life and vitality of Venezuela, the elemental parts, nature, and knowledge. 


From his blue period, to his white period, and then sepia period his use of light and brush strokes, were both experimental and progressive. Reveron was not interested in politics although there was a dictatorship in his life. His periods are indications that critics placed on him, a reference of the elements, use of paint, and particular canvas. He began creating his own pigment and his manifestations became art.


At the time, his work was not considered art. His work is avante guard and it was at the end of the 1970s that people began to question his art and its significance. In 2011 the film Reveron was made about his life from approximately 1920 to 1954.