BIO & STATEMENT
The dynamic figure studies of Isabel Rabassa operate on a high frequency in every visual aspect: color, line, light, composition, and stroke. Rabassa’s paintings are hybrids of portrait and abstract, with each human figure emerging from a tornado of motion and candy-colored pigment. Faces are obscured in favor of gesture, which is key in both the actual characterization of the sitter and in the artistic style itself. Rabassa uses palette knife and brush to manipulate her paint into something unpredictable. It rises and falls across the canvas to build her forms.
Rabassa has described her method as “Human Transfiguration” in that it depicts the essence of the body in space, with the utmost importance placed on movement. This kinetic energy and tangible weight is captured in the artist’s wild juxtaposition of colors and improvisational skill. Rabassa allows her compositions to grow and change during the painting process, sometimes ending with multiple iterations of the same figure. Isabel Rabassa spent her childhood in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, before moving to her present home of Caracas.