Reynier Llanes exhibit at Davis Art Center

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The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center announces two art exhibitions opening on Art Walk on Friday, April 5.
Cinematic Impressions exhibit featuring Reynier Llanes will be on display in the Grand Atrium April 5 – 25. Upstairs in the Capital Gallery will be a portrait art show entitled Capturing Essence.
Reynier Llanes is a Cuban-American artist devoted to painting on its different techniques from a very young age. For years, he has been passionate about exploring the intricacies of the brushes, the textures, and the build-on over a variety of supports. He has demonstrated to master either watercolors or oils on canvas or paper. His immense talents as a realist painter can be appreciated in the bigger formats as well as the small, detailed ones. The last were selected for this exhibition. Together and closely watched by a curious eye, they seem to move like the stills from an unknown video. Old Cameras used twenty-four pictures to compose one minute of a movie.
Each one of those pictures contained the essence of the movement but only when combined it was able to break into a whole new format.

This resemblance is finally explored in the layout of small-size paintings by Reynier. Some of them are even created with the technique of coffee on paper which is a very personal intake of his Cuban heritage. The espresso made with the same ratio of coffee and care his mother used to make for him is deluded in water and utilized as ink. In other cases, the gouaches are the studies from a larger paint. The concentrated colors and the summary of resources are also the essence of a broader project. Like the stills from a movie, they provide a glimpse of the movement however entitled to their truth. In these Cinematic Impressions, the paints are displayed accompanied by still projections, film, video mapping, etc. They are visual explorations in the idea of the image as a particle in this entire universe.
The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District. For more info, call 239-333-1933 or visit


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