Rolando Peña | Double Seat Barrel, 2013-2014 | Steel drum, cow leather, metal screws, foam
Rolando Peña
Rolando Peña | Double Seat Barrel, 2013-2014 | Steel drum, cow leather, metal screws, foam
Rolando Peña
Rolando Peña

Rolando Peña

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, 1942;

lives and works in Caracas, Venezuela

I see the arts as a commitment to life—a philosophy—and I express myself by integrating dance, theater, cinema, video, photography, installation, architecture, and design. Art is participation, a way to touch people in the deepest recesses of their souls, brains, and hearts. It is catharsis and has to shake people, orient them, point out the best and worst of our society, the best and the worst of each of us: that is my credo. I became involved in the art world during the late 1950s through theater, dancing, happenings, and performances, and as a result, the union of art, science, and technology became an ongoing leitmotif in my work. I see my chosen subject—oil—as a concept, an energy that is positive and negative, depending on what we make of it. As an artist, I’m committed to creating awareness, denouncing the ecological disasters caused by oil’s misuse. I hope to affect people’s consciousness on this critical issue. Heroism is understanding everyday events and turning them into art.

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