Bosco Sodi’s Painting Philosophy Is More About Life Than Art

Bosco Sodi is an artist who likes to lose control. Born in Mexico City in 1970, he’s famous for his raw, cracked, and chemically eroded paintings, the results of careful experimentations with pigments, sawdust and a host of other materials. Yet while his process of exploring the intriguing reactions between canvas and mixed media is partially planned, the accidents and unpredictable forms that arise during his bouts as a mad scientist are what truly fuel his work.

Sodi’s preoccupation with accidents stems from his reverence toward the Wabi-sabi philosophy, the Japanese worldview that honors the beauty found in impermanence and imperfections. It’s a theme that’s readily observed in his upcoming exhibit at London’s Pace Gallery. Like his past body of work, the pieces on view in “Graphein” resemble the surface of another planet, filled with mysterious crevices and bold hues, reminiscent of the color-worship of Yves Klein.

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