Raúl Acero was born in Bogotá, Colombia and raised in New York City and has an M.F.A. from Ohio University. A former Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem Raúl has work in museum and private collections in the U.S. and South America. He is presently a Professor of Art at the University of Redlands and teaches Sculpture and Ceramics.
I made these works over the spring and summer and I was affected greatly by the pandemic and the death of George Floyd and the subsequent outpouring of people into the streets and the demands for racial and social justice.
I usually work in sculpture but like most artists I also work in different media and do a lot of drawing.
I chose to work in acrylics and mixed media in a two dimensional format in part because it allowed me to capture and express my ideas more quickly that creating sculpture would.
The pieces capture ideas about our past, present and future including the fragility of our existence and the ephemerality of our perceptions of the world and the people around us.