Agustín BejaranoLa Anunciación, from the series La Anunciación, 1990
Acrylic on canvas, 190 x 239 cm.
The Sophistry of Genius
The charm of anthropomorphic characters, more human-like than animal, amazes those who linger before one of Agustín Bejarano’s paradigmatic artworks. It is one of his Annunciations, but not of those belonging to the homonymous series; it is the first and therefore, the most important one, which was the seed and inspiration for the numerous scenes later perpetuated in chain, as a sequence of visual events.
A mass of bodies marks the constant rhythm, a balance in the artwork that shows at the same time the cadence of what is imaginary and the fantastic intimacy of unconsciousness. This Annunciation, retouched with fine ochre and greyish tones over a heartless black background, becomes a metaphor of Caribbean tales in a tropical scenario where real and unimaginable things shake hands. The relegated and hidden ancestral myths of earth now emerge in a pristine and safe setting where historical memory brings hope and candor. His narration is not cryptic, it is luminous and true; it is the story of the individual imprisoned by the circumstances who succeeds in reviving from the shadows. That is why Bejarano represents a caravan in eternal advance that does not go back, that transforms itself and changes on the way.
This large sized Annunciation, a pregnant artwork due to its fertile and beautiful spirit, does not describe strange events; its story is carefully told and its protagonists are present-day proud and audacious men. This time there are not cracked areas in the painting, announcing influences of engraving, nevertheless, the atmosphere created is terrifying and dreadful, accompanied by mysterious melodies that make ancestral ladies dance.
Nothing escapes from the master’s palette, who even since the 90’s amazed everyone with this series where artistic richness and depth of meaning meet. The igniting metaphor and the unveiled symbolism join to the true magic of he who dominates the craft. Annunciation is another proof of the sophistry of genius.