The Free Spirits of Wild Horses by Eduardo Navarro
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The Fire Station art space in Doha, Qatar, is hosting The Free Spirits of Wild Horses, a solo exhibition by renowned Panamanian artist Eduardo Navarro. The show is being held in partnership with the Panama Embassy in Qatar and will be open to the public until 10 July 2023.

The exhibition features the artist’s latest works: the paintings which show his unique approach utilising mixed media to express his dynamic energy on the canvas. In his art, Navarro has been exploring the uncontrolled balance between substance and form of the wild horses for almost 20 years. Using his painting technique which can be called neo-expressionist, he depicts fierce steeds (which include mythical creatures such as a hippocampus or a two-headed and five-legged horse) looking somewhat demonic and captured in motion. Painted in bold colours, Navarro’s pictures remind one of the works of Francis Bacon, a British figurative painter famous for his dark disturbing images. 

Eduardo Navarro, one of the works from the Caballos (Horses) series. Mixed media.

“From childhood, horses have held a special place in my heart, and I have always been captivated by their strength, nobility, speed, power, loyalty, perseverance, and endurance,” the artist said. Speaking about his current solo show, he notes that “horses embody a vital synergy that reflects the strong cultural bond between Qatar and Latin America.”

About the artist

Eduardo Navarro (b. 1960, Panama) is a visual artist residing in Panama City whose art practice involves painting, sculpting, collage, performance, and installations. In 1981, he obtained his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA, USA). In 1985, he graduated from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH, USA) with a MBA degree.

Eduardo Navarro, a part of the Cocoons installation. Mixed media.

Navarro has showcased his artworks in numerous solo and group exhibitions: (breathspace) at Gasworks, London, UK (2020); In Collaboration with the Sun (Museum of Contemporary Art Mac Niteroi, Rio, Brazil, 2019); Metamorfosi (Castello de Rivoli, Turin, 2018); Letters to Earth, KölnSkulptur 9 La Fin de Babylone. Mich wundert, dass ich so fröhlich bin! (Skulpturen Park, Koln, Germany, 2017); We Who Spin Around You (High Line Art, New York, USA, 2016); the Sharjah Biennial (UAE, 2015); Ir para Volver, 12th Cuenca Biennial (Ecuador, 2014); Órbita (the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Buenos Aires, 2013); and many others. 

Eduardo Navarro, Letters to Earth #4, 2017. 100 nutshells made of bronze and encapsulated nutmeat and contract, unique 100 pieces, each: 5 x 4 x 4 cm.

The artist has received such awards as Residency Unlimited in 2019 (Brooklyn, New York, USA); Bronze Prize in 7th Osaka Triennale in 1996 (Japan); and Gilberto Alzate Avebdaño Foundation International August Salon Award in 1994 (Bogota, Colombia). Navarro’s works can be found in many collections around the world: Osaka Contemporary Art Center (Osaka, Japan); Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale (Florida, USA); Panama Canal’s Interoceanic Museum; Miraflores Cultural Center; Escuela Superior de Formación Artística Corriente Alterna (Lima, Peru); Deutsch-Ibero-Amerikanische Gesellschaft (Frankfurt, Germany); Wilfredo Lam Center (La Habana, Cuba); Angels Museum (Turégano, Segovia; Spain); and many others.

To learn more about The Free Spirits of Wild Horses, please visit the exhibition’s official web page.

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