Javier Porras’ lush acrylic paintings mix the surreal with scientific precision. Porras paints small, normally imperceptible things at full volume. His palette is naturalistic enough, but when the light hits, the colors become vivid to the point of unearthly. The forms are clear, faithful depictions of cells, plantlife, and the terrain of the natural world, yet they’re blown up in a way not found in the real world.
Porras’ singular approach is to take a clump of cells, capture them in the middle of an action, and depict them so beautifully and tangibly that they seem to live among us, rather than in some invisible, infinitesimal world. These are not microscope slides, but portraits of life working on another level. The cells pile up, dance around one another, exchange information – all the things we know are happening, but never get to see.
Porras was born in San José, Costa Rica, and continues to live in the area today. He has exhibited extensively in his home country, and has participated in creating several public murals.