Jorge de la Vega
Historia de Vampiros (Vampire Story)
Jorge de la Vega, Argentine, Historia de Vampiros (Vampire Story), 1963, Mixed media and oil on canvas; 161.9 x 130.2 cm (63 3/4 x 51 1/4 inches), Nancy Sayles Day Collection of Modern Latin American Art 65.068
De la Vega and others of the Otra (or Nueva) Figuración (Other Figuration) movement are credited with changing the face of Latin American art in the 1960s. Historia de Vampiros dates from the first of three distinct creative periods in his short career. Part of his Bestiary series, it uses fantasy “schitzobeasts” to represent transformation. A plastic bear with bat wings is embedded in the canvas and pursues a multifaced monster rendered in draped fabric, mirror shards, beads, and rough paint strokes. The incorporation of found objects connects his paintings with daily life as well as with the work of such American Pop artists as Robert Rauschenberg.