René Cardona

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Painting Live at Cherch Lounge 2009

Rene Cardona Painting Live at Cherch Lounge in Fullerton from on Vimeo.

Rene Cardona Painting Exhibit: “Through the Years” 10.7.11

Rene’s images suggest a narrative in such a dysfunctional way that one demands to invent their own narrative. I believe this is the point.

Undulating lines and thick musculations bring to mind an infusion of Van Gogh post-Impressionist Michelangelo mannerisms on waterbed copulations. Limbs are disjointed into impossible religions.

Among the offerings, a guitar player has one hundred fingers scrawling upon the page of sound. From an ear emerges a squid prostitute. The sky, the garment, the wings and the sea are all of the same blues.

There is a spatial dynamic that at first is confrontational. One might ask, “Oh where, oh where is the Academy?”

Then the lines, the bold and drastic, announce themselves in chorus, “We are the bold and drastic lines of Rene painter!”

There is an indifference to the viewer, but also an invitation.

Through the Years” is a solo exhibition of paintings by Rene Cardona. The opening reception takes place on Friday, October 7, 2011 from 6-10pm at the Violethour Studio in the Magoski Arts Colony.

Violethour Studio
225 West Santa Fe Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832-1829

With musical guest: Rome Quartet. The show runs from October 7 – October 28, 2011.

View event page on Facebook.

painting: courtesy of jenny and charlie visnic

Rene Cardona Painting Exhibit: “Through the Years” 10.7.11
Ryan Steele | Fullerton Foundry

Rene’ Cardona: Prodigal Son

Rene’ Cardona was a wrestling jock in parochial high school wrangling with a vendetta in his back pocket. Then he took an art class elective; embarked on his winding path as a painter and onward to spiritual salvation.

At Fullerton College, he enrolled for courses in art history, art history and more art history. Disdainful of the cheesy yoga positions sometimes employed by male mannequins, Cardona (who at the time had the physique of Michelangelo’s David) became a model for the department’s sculpting classes. He remembers the grueling hours of posing and having to prop blocks under his feet. From this, he was able to glean a different perspective into the inner workings of his craft.

Being active…a participating agent…opening up the mind.

During the days of The Hub, Cardona was a prominent figure as a profound poet; prolific painter and sculptor. Unfortunately, many of the paintings and sculptures that he put up on display mysteriously disappeared. Drawing the ire of one that we won’t mention by name, Cardona goes on to speculate that a good number of his pieces were maliciously destroyed. A few have miraculously emerged as of late.

Living and working out of an empty warehouse (which is now part of the Magoski Arts Colony), Cardona shared the space with two other artists. Together, they would pore through books on the master painters much like some would with pornographic material. In between drags of American Spirit, they would fixate on an image and gasp, “God! Right?”

At some point, an acquaintance decided that he would join the small artist commune. This situation eventually created an atmosphere of tension and animosity. Feeling completely overwhelmed and spinning out of control, Cardona fled to San Francisco.

Barely surviving a year in the Golden Gate City — compromising his health and sanity — Cardona came to the realization that it was time to head home to La Mirada. He then began doing performance art paintings; accepting commission projects and participating at the Santa Ana Art Walk.

After more than fifteen years, Rene’ Cardona, returns to his former artist enclave, now the labyrinthian Violethour Studio/Art Gallery of Michael and Candace Magoski. This time around, his residency is in the way of a solo painting exhibit. Aptly titled “Through the Years”, it loosely chronicles Cardona’s spiritual and liberating foray into the art world. More of a homecoming of sorts, Fullerton welcomes him back with outstretched arms.

More info on the Rene’ Cardona Painting Exhibit: “Through the Years” can be found here and at the Facebook event page.

All images copyright: Fullerton Foundry

Rene’ Cardona: Prodigal Son
Corky Nepomuceno | Fullerton Foundry

Previous Fullerton Art Walk: October 7, 2011

You know the Fullerton art walk was a great success when you show up and can’t find parking anywhere. Last Friday, October 7th, Downtown Fullerton acclaimed local artists in several cafes, clothing stores and studio’s for the monthly art walk. Fullerton celebrated the artwork of several gifted artists and our encouraging community showed their support to these accomplished artists.

The streets come to life as you watch the traveling crowd walk from exhibit to exhibit. A number of diverse artists display their stimulating work with engaging themes and vibrant colors. There were several open receptions inviting guests to participate and observe the beautiful work.

There’s a sense of surrealism in Rene’ Cardona’s work when you see how soft he blends in the colors. The background landscape has a tendency of following Salvador Dali’s famous negative spacial skies and distant terrain features. Other works that emphasizes on the bodily “waves” and attributes entwine you with the psychedelic strokes of color and contour lines. Cardona’s work is heavy with mysterious characteristics like the contrasting colors of blues and reds in one painting. The beautiful paint strokes really add the majestic tones and slow motion appearance which allow the viewer to admire it closely.

Previous Fullerton Art Walk: October 7, 2011
Heidi Moreno | The Fullertonian