In the exhibition Palabras (Words), Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal set "an infinite and multiple dialogue with the deities of the Yoruba pantheon," as María Carla Gárciga Rodríguez wrote in Cubarte, giving contemporary expression to traditional concepts and symbols. In choosing the exhibition title, Rodríguez Olazábal said, he "thought of the importance that drawing has, and has had, in my work. For me, drawing is a kind of writing, with an iconography that acts and expresses the qualities of its own poetic circumstances."
The gallery view below includes partial views of Rodríguez Olazábal's Éxtasis (Ecstasy), 2014 at right, and Conjuro (Incantation), 2014, at center.
Below, at left, Rodríguez Olazábal, Viento misterioso (Mysterious Wind), 2014.
Below, at left, Rodríguez Olazábal, Conjuro, 2014; at right, El silencio de la pradera (The Silence of the Prairie), 2014.
A closer look at Conjuro, 2014. For the artist, the images in each composition are like "words that trigger the memory of an internal landscape, springing from a primordial context, reflecting a powerful force or a hidden, legitimate voice, which preserves the rhythm of the breath itself."
Below, left to right: Rodríguez Olazábal, Éxtasis; Cosa sencilla; and El buen camino, all 2014.
A closer look at Cosa sencilla (Simple Thing), 2014. Many of the paintings included elements of collage and mixed media.
A closer look at El buen camino (The Good Road), 2014.
Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal, La sombra (The Shadow), 2014.
Below, a view of the installation by Rodríguez Olazábal, El talismán del Rey (The Talisman of the King), 2014.
Santiago Rodríguez Olazábal: Palabras was presented at Galería Habana from December 12, 2014–January 9, 2015.