Magdelena and more art by Robert Mango

Magdelena, 2018
78 x 57 inch (h x w)
USD 20 000
Oil over sculpted foam
for sale

Her pose is self-reflective, Magdalena is internalized and self-possessed. Her back turned to the artist and the viewer; she cares not. She is contemplative and self-aware, John Paul’s Mona Lisa.
A mighty expanse of alizarin crimson blood flows within; carrying teardrop forms, the lime colored forms, highlighted with zinc yellow.
These forms, her protean DNA, emerge from a winding internal canyon of deep burgundy, which defines the perimeter of her body in the picture. The forms are buoyant, gathering upward, seeking to manifest the woman in the world; another victory in sport or profession, or another loving act as wife and friend. This is my child.
A spring palette surrounds her. The twenty-five carved pieces of canvas are interposed to undulate and counterpoint one another, ever redirecting the viewers’ attention back to the subject, forming a colliding garden of moving components around her. In the background, textural spring floral oil paint mixed with sand flutters and stumbles across an azure hue of pale blue sky behind.
A competitive swimmer and triathlete, I have watched Magdalena remove her swim cap on the pool deck a hundred times after a race. Her long dark burnt umber hair would fall onto and through a waiting hand as she briefly groomed it and strained the water out . The long-mirrored shock of hair arises from the nape of her neck, arches over her head and passes down the length of a strong athletic torso and leg.
Effortlessly kneeling and passively stretching a limb, the cascade of polished bronze reaches her lower femur, It curves inward toward the other leg. I intend this long bronze metal shape to be perceived as a path of energy, originating in her spiritual center and returning to her lower body, thereby sustaining a continuum of graceful repose.
Actual Artwork Dimensions: 78 x 50 x 6 inches

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other works by Robert Mango

L'Affiare d'Amore, 2019
80 x 50 inch (h x w)
oil and shaped foam on canvas

Under Heaven, 2020
62.5 x 46.5 inch (h x w)
Oil on canvas over sculpted foam

Black Beach Beauty, 2017
61.5 x 80.5 x 2 inch (h x w x d)
Oil on canvas over sculpted foam

Joyful, 2021
68 x 46 x 2.5 inch (h x w x d)
Oil on canvas over sculpted foam

La Cathedral, 2017
66 x 36 x 1.5 inch (h x w x d)
oil and shaped foam on canvas


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