Politically charged and powerful, Aréchiga’s images are an interpretation of society and all it has to offer: love, beauty, materialism, corruption, religion, war, and creation. Aréchiga layers his canvases with acrylics, oils and various other materials, adding texture and depth to his large-scale pieces.
About César Aréchiga’s DAILY LIFE Series:
“Vida Diaria” or “Daily Life” is a series of 25 individual pieces of recyclable goods that together create a unified mural, on display at Icosahedron Gallery.
This collection of work aims to create a social awareness of the waste that surrounds us. Discarded materials found around New York City are used along with traditional materials to illustrate this point. The collage element creates a 3D effect, allowing the art to exist on the canvas and in the space beyond it.
New York transformed this vision about my work. I have always tried to communicate through my paintings with people who transgress, not those who attack or impede progress. To progress with my own moment and vision, I began to collect trash and waste I found on the city streets. I wanted to put the spectator face-to-face with
“This collection of work aims to create a social awareness of the waste that surrounds us. Discarded materials found around New York City are used along with traditional materials to illustrate this point.”
their waste. Sometimes I paint about the daily lives of any person, depicting a face or a body, but not about the world itself. We pay little attention to our common, daily routine, which is encompassed by trash and discarded materials.
Boxes, plastic bags, electronic devices, furniture, wood… every item of trash we dump on the streets is now helping me: It is helping me create a collective conscience about recycling as a vehicle of art itself to make people realize our world; and at the same time, by using this vehicle, I can display my own moment, belief, and vision. All these items that others throw away, I recycle. Yes, I throw cans and boxes into receptacles for processing plants to reuse, but I also strategically place these discarded materials on my canvas to expose our trash to the world, in order to portray its power and beauty but, most importantly, to send this message to a city that is so self-involved that the occupants do not process the impact of garbage on their lives.
Communicating through my art, I transcend and represent my present, my world. I developed my artwork based on massive consumerism and the amount of waste it generates nowadays, and if I can create a collective awareness of recycling through art, then my message has been only received. We must continue to act...now.