Originally from Spain, artist Joss Toledo lives and works in Zurich since several years. The differences between Spanish and Swiss culture, although both are European, go beyond typical stereotypes. Toledo knows, loves, and lives both. This duality is a constant source of inspiration: on the one hand, the family, tradition, and religion; on the other, the city, society, and current affairs.
Toledo's works always deal with these themes from a dual perspective, both in form and content. His art plays with aesthetics, with the simplicity of Euclidean geometry of flat colours and continuous lines. But it is also symbol and purpose, embodying the will to tell the story behind the curtain. At first glance, his paintings show a canonical and regulated reality, but on closer inspection one discovers details, signs, clues, and traces that reveal a multitude of hidden meanings. The artistic avant-garde of the early 20th century, geometry and the language of colour are omnipresent in his work.
Joss Toledo is a lively artist who always tells a story, suggests a feeling, and seeks a relationship with the viewer through proximity, similar experiences, and parallels in life.
Joss Toledo: Las Pasiones Capitales - El Amor, Acrylic on canvas, 160 x 120 cm, 2022
Joss Toledo: Las Pasiones Capitales - La Autoestima / Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 120 cm, 2022
Joss Toledo: Bellevue Afternoon / Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 cm
Joss Toledo: El Corredor / Acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 cm
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