Elias Tobares, an Argentinian artist born in 1985 in La Rioja (Argentina). He graduated from Faculty of Fine Arts at La Rioja National University
The exposition of students of the Faculty of Fine Arts, La Rioja National University 2007- Collective Urban Interventions, La Rioja, 2007 - Urban Exhibitions- 72 Hours with the Art, La Rioja, 2007- Salón Pertenencia, the National Art Found, Buenos Aires (Argentina), 2009- 70 Glances of the Artists of La Rioja, OSDE Foundation, La Rioja, 2010- La Rioja Paints Well, La Rioja, June 2010- ‘A clinic for artists’, a national grant of the National Art Foundation, La Rioja/Catamarca, (Argentina), 2010- Babel without Borders 2011 – the Creators of Peace, the Nomad-Babel-Festival, Poland, Mexico, Spain – an exposition of drawings, FOTART Gallery, Szczecin (Poland), the Museum of the City of Leon (Guanajuato, Mexico), January 2012- Against the Progress, Buenos Aires, 2012- the Argentina Paints Well Programme, Catamarca, San Luis, La Rioja, Santa Fe, the Recoleta Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires, 2012- Interfaces, Puerto Madryn/Buenos Aires/La Rioja, 2012-2013- An intervention in the area of panels in the 25th May Square supervised by the Museum Octavio de la Colina, La Rioja, October 2012- Micro-tales, the Annex by the Deliberating Council, La Rioja, 2013
Individual exhibitions and presentations:
A dream painted in grey - the exhibition of drawings, Art-Alley, Szczecin (Poland), 2010- The presentation of the book ‘Egroj Bird 10 pm’ (poems and drawings), the 10th Edition of Book Fair - Pedro Ignacio de Castro Barros Cultural Passage, La Rioja, 2012- The drawing exhibition in the Provincial , the Seat of Provincial Parliament, La Rioja, September 2012- A dream: the flight above water – the drawing exhibition, Pedro Ignacio de Castro Barros Cultural Passage, La Rioja, September 2012- A Journey Recorded by Images – the exhibition of photographs and the presentation of a book entitled: A Journey Recorded by Images ", the authors: Elías Tobares, Grażyna Wykowska, FOTART Gallery, Szczecin, May 2013- the presentation of the book A Journey Recorded by Images , the authors: Elias Tobares, Grażyna Wykowska, La Rioja National University, June 2013- A Journey Recorded by Images– the exhibition of photographs and the presentation of the book entitled A Journey Recorded by Images , the authors: Elías Tobares, Grażyna Wykowska, the Seat of Provincial Parliament, La Rioja, June 2012
- Elias Tobares, Calendar 2009, la Rioja National University, La Rioja, 2009- Elias Tobares, My dear angels …, Marcelino Reyes Popular Children’s Library, La Rioja, 2010- Elias Tobares, Egroj Bird 10 PM (Poems and Drawings), Szczecin, March 2012- Elias Tobares, Grażyna Wykowska, A Journey Recorded by Images , Szczecin, May 2013
Elias Tobares: “The Genome” – an attempt at the discussion with the Genesis.
Elias Tobares is one of the most interesting Argentinian artists of the new generation. He specializes in drawing and multi-media installations. He gained respect among art critics with such works as ‘Septimo Día’, ‘Egroj Bird’, ‘10 pm’ or ‘Interface montaje’.
For this year’s inSPIRACJE festival he has prepared a special cycle of several drawings entitled “The Genome”, made using graphite technique.
It is a contemporary, very individual vision of the creation of the world and its further history.
The construction of the project is based on the juxtaposition of the scheme of the creation of the world by God as described in the Bible and the contemporary context of its modification by the man. On the drawings we can see seven subsequent days of the creative act: from the Nothingness on the first day to Eden on the last day, enriched by contemporary elements.
It is a one of a kind confrontation of both projects: the divine and the human one.
The artist does not present closely all works executed by God on subsequent days, but he selects the elements which are important to him; he also present those works executed by the man which he finds the most inspiring.
In the comparison of God and the man who behaves like a god the latter sometimes doesn’t do so well, since new reality created by him is not always positive.
The confrontation of the original idea and the contemporary idea is an interesting and at the same time a risky artistic technique. According to the author, his intention was to convert the presented “Genome” project into a certain starting point for reflection on the importance of God and man in the act of creation of the world and life.
Has the author achieved his aim? We will be able to verify it during the festival presentation in the FOTOART Gallery.