Cruz-Diez: Statements on the research PHYSICHROMIE


Photograph of the first time that his Physichromie 506 was shown: during the Venice Biennal in 1970 when the artist was representing Venezuela.

"The Physichromies are something I invented so that I might express myself with the joy of a painter in action, of painting in the process of being created, stripped of traditional concepts and techniques. In traditional painting, the artist’s work instantly becomes part of the past, and what the viewer contemplates and deciphers is an action that exists in the past. The color that reaches the viewer’s gaze “was painted,” is frozen in time. The Physichromies, on the other hand, force us to deal with an event of color in the process of occurring in the moment, without past or future. But I am definitely a painter. You could say that a Physichromie contains painting in its purest form. All the effects and pleasures of painting are there: the harmonies, the glazing, the transparencies, even though it has nothing to do with the painting of the past."


“Carlos Cruz-Diez in conversation with Ariel Jimenez / Carlos Cruz-Diez en conversación con Ariel Jimenez”, (English and Spanish Edition), Fundación Cisneros/Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros; Bilingual edition (September 30, 2010)