Serie Acantilados, 1964-66 (Sala 3)

Ángel Mateos is acquiring awareness as a plastic creator; he conceives ART as a form of expression and self-improvement, and feels it as a creative impulse that leads him to search for his own language and contribution to sculpture.

In this search, he acquired the conviction that an authentic work has to emerge from his own knowledge and experience, and that the creator has to master the medium if he wants to obtain a work that is representative of his own vision.

The result is this first great series of "Cliffs", in which Mateos models the concrete, giving it a rocky appearance, like millenary figures carved into the rocks and worn down over time. With this expressionist modelling Mateos deals with the myths of classical art: Minerva, Olympiad of the Gods, The Thinker or The Creator, among others.

But what the author is representing is a tribute to nature, to its expressive force. It can be easily deduced, if we take into account his natural environment, the west of Salamanca, of millenary granite rocks and deep, wild riverbanks.

Mateos longs for a work free of influences, and with these Cliffs he achieves a tremendously singular work, but he is also convinced that this personal work will not arrive until he also dispenses with mythical references and new versions of "what has already been done". After this series, nothing will ever be the same again. In this sense, the work "The Warrior" closes this stage, and exemplifies the change that will lead him to abstraction.

Serie Acantilados, 1964-66 (Sala 3)
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