OSVALDO BUDET Artist’s Statement: “Living in a colony and “Third World” country has made me
conscious and curious of the relationships between figures of authority and the
powerless. I see my art-practice as an analogy of the political relationships
between municipal groups and the public. My role as art maker is both a colonizing
force (perhaps, simply the colonizing of canvas) and a vote-less viewer of the
political theater.

Coupled with my fascination of political conflict, particularly of Latin America, I
have an insatiable obsession with documentary films. In the past, I’ve produced
films. But it is the desire to create and inhabit the “truthful” storytelling that I’m
most compelled by. I’ve begun painting depictions of the documentary fantasies I
catch myself having: painting the scenes of the film with abundant silver, poetically
suggesting the material of projected celluloid.

I’m also taken with the clichés and poetics of subtitling. The visual translation of
language in subtitle is fascinating to me for its beauty and potential humor. As
English is my second language, I find it poignant to have my paintings address the
audience, or me the viewer, through the foreign-film subtitle.
These worlds of politics and poetics, of fiction and truth, are tightly intertwined…
my work is about looking at this complication.”

Born in San Juan of Puerto Rico, Budet obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art
at the School of Fine Art of Puerto Rico in 2003 and a Master’s Degree in Fine Art
at the Maryland Institute of Art at the Hoffberger School of Painting, directed by
Grace Hardigan, in 2008. He was selected to be part of the prestigious Leipzig
International Program Residency in Germany were he had his most recent solo
show. In 2008 he was included in the show “Photoshopping” at the Museum of
Latin American Art. In 2009 he will be part of several group shows in Ireland,
Puerto Rico, Venice and New York. At present, Osvaldo Budet lives and works in
Brooklyn, New York.

Ché, Camilo, Fidel y yo... creo que llegábamos a la Habana…
graphite, diamond dust and glass on a photograph
30 1/2 x 43 1/4 in.
My First Time with Obama
graphite, diamond dust, glass, acrylic and glitter on a photograph
27 1/2 x 43 1/4 in.
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