Raúl Guerra, “Tales”
August 20th – September 18th, 2022
Haven Gallery is honored to present Spain based artist Raúl Guerra, for his third solo exhibition, “Tales” at the gallery. “Tales” is a collection of seven works that depict well known characters from folklore and fairytales in the artists quintessential style. Mermaids, goblins and recognizable characters such as Pinocchio (Italy), Medusa (Ancient Greece), the Queen of Hearts (England) and Kaguya-Hime (Japan), unite stories and dramatic personae from their worldly origins. Despite their supernatural details and cultural genesis, each narrative resonates and universally teaches children and adults alike, making their visages and accounts unforgettable. Guerra’s imagery is a refuge of childhood dreams and memoirs where one can find shelter and comfort from the complexities and shadows of a mature reality. His sitters are a culmination of emotions and experiences, gazing out of their beautiful landscapes as they evoke feelings of happiness, safety and protection. They are symbols of our pasts and the beautiful echoes of it that live within the hearts and memories of all of us. Guerra creatively portrays this nostalgia within the context of mythology and fairytales, using the powerful and universal force of storytelling to strengthen and expand his connections further. Each youthful character patiently waits for that bridge to reconnect us to these places and times where we’ve previously lived, felt and grown, to become who we are today. For we would not be just that without the world as seen through our younger eyes and experiences. Guerra’s work strengthens this link of the heart and celebrates its many emotions and labyrinths that make each and everyone of us the unique beings we’ve become and will continue to be.