“Whether figurative or interpretative, organic or geometric, a common thread in my work is a clear definition of all the elements in the composition. Important elements are color, balance, depth, luminosity and transparency. The background and negative spaces are as critical as the primary elements in the composition. In every painting, I strive for harmony and flow of composition.
Process is key in my work. Each final piece is a result of several studies and sketches. I delight in the process and evolution, as much as I do completing a matured work. I have worked with the human form, done portraiture and explored different conceptual abstractions.”
Originally from La Paz, Boliva, Bernardo Siles has lived in Chile, Spain and for the past twenty-five years, in Washington DC. Formally trained as an architect, he has spent much of his professional career in residential and commercial architecture with projects in South America and the Middle East.
Bernardo has shown in several group shows in the area but his exhibition at Gallery plan b will mark his first solo show. Although his exhibition resume is not long, he has the distinct honor of having a commissioned portrait of his father that hangs in the permanent gallery of presidents in Sucre, Bolivia. In his exhibition at plan b, he will be presenting a series of abstract paintings (oil on canvas) along with a series of figurative drawings (Prismacolor pencil on paper). Both series are a testament to his precision, patience, and control of his mediums.