Oliver Roura

Advanced microscopy … more


Roura’s recent body of works explore the relationship between flatness and texture. To create his artwork, he applies layers and layers of acrylic painting. He uses his own fingers to create patterns that reminds to microorganisms’ traces or fingerprints the way they would have been perceived through the eye of a microscope. His entire methodology is ruled by a sophisticated process, which allows him to record his compositions in a perfectly smooth painting. A painting to think of itself as surface and volume (or absence of volume, but in any case a sculpture-painting), and that allows it to incorporate a work of surprising appearance – visible, invisible, translucent, unnoticeable – and depth.

‘Blue Morpho’ painting series refers to the iridescence of Blue Morpho butterfly’s wings. Scientists have applied the composition and morphology of butterfly scales to develop high sensitivity sensors, which can detect over 1000 chemical agents such as high-risk viruses or anti-personnel mines components. These sensors can be used to anticipate situations causing great damage to society. Nature and technology fusion for  the wellbeing of humanity.

Roura also speaks photographic language through which he explores the boundaries of his paintings. As the microscope is used to get more information of the subject investigated, the photography is utilized to understand his work from a different perspective. This technique allows Roura to reveal new structures that are not visible while observing the original work, structures which compositions remind to landscapes.

Oliver Roura is one of those painters who prefers discovery over planning, and who knows that only constant, formal, and technical experimentation will keep his work alive.