(Red Surrounding With Figure in White and Green)
Initially I didn’t considered this painting a self portrait. At first I wanted to paint a physical figure that wasn’t photographed. Almost all the reference I use for my paintings are drawn from photos I’ve done in many public places or events. Failing to find a better model, nobody had the time nor the patience to keep a pose for hours, I chose myself to be that figure. The figure in my mind was viewed from the back thus maintaining a relationship with the rest of the series which shows many figures back. This was a challenge, in order to paint my back I set two mirrors facing each other while posing in between them.
Several years later after re-observing the painting I accepted it as a self-reflective piece. Interestingly it is a self-portrait that does not shows it front. Looking at the succession of figures from the left to the right there is a motion. Throughout the series there is no other figure that suggests an autonomous movement like this besides the movement created by the displacement of the image from one panel to another. I must admit that the pose and suggested action of this figure gives a sense of introversion while it seems to vanish in the center of the painting. Although, the figure is surrounded by a bright red that shines and puts the figure almost backlit.