Wilmer Lalupu, born in Piura in 1973, studied at the School of Fine Arts of Trujillo where he finished second place in his class. In his work exists a full and splendid authenticity. A force that gravitates between playfulness and fire manifests itself in themes replete...
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Wilmer Lalupu Flores
Wilmer Lalupu, born in Piura in 1973, studied at the School of Fine Arts of Trujillo where he finished second place in his class. In his work exists a full and splendid authenticity. A force that gravitates between playfulness and fire manifests itself in themes replete with the sentiments of a true artist - sustaining, in abstract expressionism, a place where an excess of color and form are fundamental values in art.
"Influenced by my family I became involved with art from childhood; afterward I would find out that it was an interior calling to embrace painting as an expression of faith. In my pictorial work an expression can be found of authentic inspiration reviving our identity and asserting how it should prevail in history. I've dedicated myself exclusively to art since graduating.
"My painting reveals the hidden, that which oscillates between truth and legend, seeking that consciousness that sometimes appears lost in order to value what is ours. I use oils, acrylics and sometimes watercolors, employing paintbrushes, palette knives, stubby brushes, and beeswax to achieve texture on the canvas. Before beginning my work I make a previous sketch, giving form to the idea, then I investigate the theme to determine the color. Once those elements are determined I begin tracing on the canvas with vegetal charcoal. Then I fill in the work, allowing myself to balance the objects, in order to make my first brush strokes with oils, and that's the way I go about giving form and content to my work. I realize that I'm almost there when I see balance and unity in the whole and it exudes complete harmony. My favorite colors are neutrals contrasted with strong hues, or warm tones contrasted with soft ones.
"In 1996, I won first place in a contest organized by NORBANK; in 1998 I was awarded honorable mention in the national biennial. I've had two individual exhibitions in Trujillo and one three-artist exhibition in Piura, along with having participated in various collective exhibitions.I have set myself a goal that identifies with all that is Peru, and I'm in constant search of the objective - the artist is never satisfied, but always keeps looking.
"I would like to tell Novica clients it is easy to understand the message of my work which is a product of my own reflections, and that it has, as its essence, a profile of Peru throughout the ages."