RAYMOND GOMEZ is an artist/sculptor and an architect/planner. His art work has paralleled his architectural career of over 40 years with projects throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East, China and the Americas. Gomez paints from his experience as an architect, expressing structural forms and context drawn from his architectural designs. His paintings reflect a range of subjects, differing techniques, primarily in acrylics and oils, and a range of collages and other mixed media. His sculpture includes work in steel, wood, plastic, brass, bronze and copper.
He was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, and studied at Texas A&M University where he received two undergraduate degrees in architectural design and construction sciences. Additional coursework in design included summers at Rice University in Houston, Texas and at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma. He moved to New York City in the mid 60s where he earned a Master of Science degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.
After closing his architectural practice in Manhattan in 2006, he relocated his studio to the North Shore of Long Island for five years and now he lives and maintains his studio in Delray Beach, Florida.
THE ARTIST’S STATEMENT
As an artist, I am drawn to express structural forms and movement in the composition of my work. I paint an illusion of motion, energy, speed and perhaps turbulence. My work is painted in a representative context, however I distort the realistic subject to reflect my vision of it.
I paint in series as the ideas come to me. My subjects in the Urban Chaos series may reflect the chaotic urban character of contemporary society. I enjoy distorting the context of buildings by painting an imaginary wind, pushing building forms, distorting the sky, bridge structures and generally reflecting a complex chaotic scene. The Urban Chaos series combines newsprint collage buildings, alongside painted buildings swaying in the wind. My sculpture also reflects structure and static movement…. like my weathervane if Manhattan..with buildings swaying in the wind.
The whimsical representations of the Rubber Duck Series or the Dancing Series defines a different expression of humorous treatment of common subjects. Auto racing expresses the urgency of activity in the car pit stops during the heat of racing.
I have relocated to Southern Florida, after many years of living in New York City. I look to a calmness evolving into my work. I now look to my new surroundings to suggest differing color palettes, natural site compositions and mixed media work. I look forward to experimenting in new visions and expressions…..