Roberto Cortázar, a modern Renaissance man, the Mexican artist work draws inspiration from Da Vinci, through to Modern Masters Picasso and Matisse. Growing up in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico, Cortázar's art is rooted in the Mexican tradition of figurative painting.

113 Roberto Cortázar, Cabeza girando hacia arriba-head spinning up, oil, white brush and silver point on panel, signed, titled and dated 2015 verso, 60cm x 42cm

Living and working in the sprawling metropolis of Mexico City, Cortázar was first inspired to paint after seeing the works of Giacometti, Bacon and Dubuffet. His work is inspired by both the most Renaissance and contemporary of subjects: us.

114 Roberto Cortázar, Cabeza girando hacia arriba-head spinning up', oil, white brush and silver point on panel, signed, titled and dated 2015 verso, 60cm x 42cm

Cortázar is preoccupied by the human figure, his pieces are so visually rich they almost look as if they have been lifted from cave paintings. The artist blends figurative and abstract elements, images of male and female nudes, emotionally ambiguous in their pose and expression.

Roberto Cortázar in Time Out Mexico Roberto Cortázar in Time Out Mexico

''Life is about creation, destruction and renewal or redemption.''- Roberto Cortázar, The NY Times, 1999 

His work encompass the expressive lines of Picasso and Matisse whilst with their watery, dreamlike abstraction bear resemblance to the figure altering images in Francis Bacon's oeuvre.

112 Roberto Cortázar, Figura masculina de fronte-front male figure, oil, white brush and silver point on panel, signed, titled and dated 2015 verso, 61cm x 70cm.

In his early years, the now 55 year old Cortázar was hailed as one of Mexico's ''It'' artists that propelled Mexican contemporary art on to the international scene. By 2006, he had over 100 exhibitions in galleries, museums and art fairs around the world. With his work in both private and public collections, Cortázar is one of the few living artists who's work is held in La Colección, Mexico's most important cultural heritage collection which is curated by the  National Institute of Fine Arts.

All works featured will be part of Lots Road's sale on 26th November, 2017. Check out the full catalogue here.

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