DREAMING A NEW WORLD

Young Yang Chung, PH.D

Embroidery and painting are ancient art forms arising from the universal human desire to seek meaning in daily experience through creative visual expressionFrom prehistoric times to the present day, people worldwide have employed needles,threads, brushes and pigments to beautify their environment, to expresspersonal feelings and desires, and to reinforce social and religious ideals and convictions.

Although fragile textiles rarely endure beyond the lifetime of their original users, some painting-from the prehistoric cave art in the southern France andBuddhist cave paintings at Mogao to the vibrantly patterned tomb walls of theGoguryeo-survive from past eras as testaments to the peoples who created them and the historical, political, and social milieu in which they lived. Extant textiles from historical periods can reveal a mutually-enriching dialogue between the art of painting an the art of embroidery, and the ways that artists throughout the centuries have responded creatively to their environment. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and established in his native country and inBrazil as one of Latin America's leading painters, Daniel Carranza now livesbetween Sao Paulo and New York. His paintings can be found in prestigiouspublic and private collections worldwide, such as the United Nations in New York, are avidly sought treasures in leading auction houses.

While his paintings reveal his careful study of the great western artists of past centuries, they are no less infused with his deep knowledge of eastern philosophies, rendering techniques inherited from renaissance masters, ancient chinese sacrificialvessels and hexagrams from the "I Ching" appear in Carranza's imaginativecompositions.

Carranza sometimes spends hours, even days, gazing at a single painting by a great artist such as Rembrandt or Caravaggio in order to fully understandand absorb their methods of transmitting color, form and composition.

Through years of study and practice, Carranza has completely mastered the painting medium, developing refined technical skills that enable him to powerfullyconvey his feelings and ideas in works of exceptional beauty .

While drawing from the age -old techniques and compositional frameworks of old masters, Carranza's work is entirely of his own time and his own imagination.

Although his explorations of environment issues are often critical of what heperceives as humankind 's reckless stewardship of the natural environment, hispaintings nonetheless convey a sense of joy and even optimism.

Through their powerful impact of beauty and message, these paintings lingerin our minds long after viewing them, and like the greatest of artworks, they can expand our thinking and influence with the world around us. In gettingto know Carranza - the man and his work - I have been struck equally by thedepth of his feelings and the virtuosity of his skill, and I remain endlesslyamazed at this kind and sincere gentleman's talent in producing suchheartfelt and provocative compositions.