The dense and lush fields of Pavel Kraus’s PULSE Miami Beach 2017 works convey a new vision, the elusive realm of what the artist refers to as the Radient Baroque. These extraordinary compositions are part of a natural progression from Kraus’s earlier series, ” Pompeii” and “Roman Wedding,” featuring paintings and sculptures with unorthodox materials and rich surfaces of marble, lead and encaustic. For Pavel, the Baroque signals a move away from the classical austerity of the Renaissance toward a more sensuous and nuanced richness of expression. The Czech-born, New York artist, renowned as a sculptor as well as a painter, in his recent works, presents a unique, hybrid form of relief painting. Made of sumptuous layerings of natural resins, with informal and unexpected color relationships, Kraus’s latest works propose an adventurous and fluid image–redolent of the past, and directed toward the future.
art critic, David Ebony