The Moscow art scene, art lovers and art collectors will be able to savor a new creative experience just after the conclusion of all the major art biennials, fairs, shows and exhibits. The Spanish shooting star Ignacio Burgos is, as it were, “ante portas” of Moscow, its Kremlin and the surrounding emerging arts market. With his debut show in Russia, he is poised to attract and capture the attention of the connoscenti and artistic community of Russia – a country which has thus far been elusive to him in his peripatetic movements and presentations. He has lived, worked and exhibited in many countries of Europe, the United States, China and the Arab. Russia is missing and so the Moscow show will be a unique opportunity to view, assess and admire the incredibly engaging works of this compelling artistic talent. The works of Ignacio, or Nacho as his friends call him, show him in many respects as a true humanist painter in our age of globalization with all its opportunities and setbacks.

His works are alive and engaging, capturing – often close-up – special moments of human and societal live, work, engagement, love and entertainment as well as portraits. Predominantly he is a expressing himself through his paintings, but he has already ventured into creating sculptures as well. His works exude virtuosity, sometimes wild invention – but always they are guided by discipline and form. He displays in each and every of his works a deft use of colors and demonstrably masters large canvasses. His special recourse to light gives his works a special feeling, expression and depth. Often, his works are not only lively and alive, but beyond they are inviting the viewer to enter into Nacho’s world and to interact and discourse with his perceptions and his overt and hidden messages, indeed his societal narrative. His works absorb and express all experiences, if not the cultural diversity around him.

His artistic personality and identity is certainly not hidden by anonymity or strict individuality. To the contrary – he is as extrovert a painter as one will find them today. He stands and works in the middle of life – with its gay moments, with its happiness, with its sadness and tristesse. Nacho is an astute observer of the human condition and behavior – and for this reason he is the humanist which I recognize in him. His art is depicting frequently social or cultural events.

I am convinced that Nacho’s Moscow show will be a discovery for many viewers and a moment for Nacho to ponder the impact of his work in a new environment and culture. And I am sure, he will equally be taken and influenced by the many new impressions which he will imbibe in Moscow so that his future works will also be influenced by this new experience. Having followed Nacho’s artistic evolution and circuit since the late 1990s in New York, I am convinced that he has now reached a height of artistic excellence and maturity, which in many years hence may just be seen as one particular stage in his artistic life.

Paris, October 2011
Dr. Hans d’Orville
Assistant Director-General for Strategic Planning UNESCO