Born 1970 I Lives and works in Mexico City, New York and Barcelona
The hues and textures of Mexican artist Bosco Sodi’s formidable monochromatic paintings often evoke comparisons to the natural world: lava, moss, ash, and burl. And indeed, Sodi achieves these effects via a rigorous experimentation with raw materials, including pure pigment, sawdust, charcoal, wood pulp, natural bers, and glue. Embracing indeterminacy, the artist works on a horizontal plane, building up a dense surface that he then allows to dry—a process that reveals the natural inclinations of his materials.
This alchemy has resulted in massive landscapes that recall ssured pavement, festering petri dis- hes, or violent volcanic boils, but also the carefully imperfect aesthetic of Japanese Raku ware. With investments in both phenomenological and chemical reactions, Sodi enters a historical trajectory of painters that includes Antoni Tàpies and Jean Dubuffet, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko.