“My sources of inspiration are dreams,” Gustavo Gallardo says, and in his paintings, fantasy and reality meet in settings that, with their winged creatures and seeming multiple exposures, capture the ambiance of dreams while also projecting a strong, immediate physicality. For Gallardo, sketching is the starting point of every piece. By taking his initial sketches and transferring them to canvas, he brings each one alive in a distinctive way, combining media and approaches to create a diverse body of work with a broad range of colors and moods.
Using acrylics, charcoal, and pastels, Gallardo juxtaposes their textures, balancing drips and strong lines with delicate clouds of color. Particularly good at using well-placed light effects, he gives each painting a sense of movement and depth that pull the viewer into his world. In addition, he sometimes explores the possibilities of digital manipulation, scanning a work and then using the computer to further modify it. That combination further extends the idea of a multi-layered universe that is so central to the power of his images. Gallardo lives and works in Colombia.