The work of Reyes Padilla moves—bold, modern lines combine with a multi-layered depth to create a canvas with motion. For this Santa Fe native, the line is embedded with melody, a visual depiction of the music he hears. A young, prolific artist, Padilla has become one to watch in recent years, and we are pleased to announce him as the latest artist on the Beals & Co. roster.
Padilla’s work is marked by his synesthesia. When he hears sounds, he sees forms. Utilizing this cross-over of the senses, Padilla listens to music while he paints, trying to translate what he is hearing onto his canvas. He sees something different with each individual sound, and picks out which sounds will lend themselves to the composition, creating a type of visual beat mixing.
“My goal with this show is to put people inside my head,” Padilla explains. “You’ll be able to walk into a painting and have no choice but to experience it and what it’s like to have synesthesia.”
The result of his method is impressive—often in black and white, his paintings have a contemporary aesthetic that strikes the viewer to the core, strumming their inner rhythms through his lines.
All are welcome to attend this introduction to Reyes Padilla and meet the artist at the show opening on Friday, March 24 at the Beals & Co. Showroom, 830 Canyon Road.