With the eyes of the artist: the human image of the painter Rafael Ramírez
Text by Dr Helmut Orpel:
Rafael Ramírez is not only biographically a citizen of the world, who has found a home in different countries, he is above all in the artistic field. He alternates virtuously between the different epochs of art history. He brings to life just as much in Rembrandt's work as Tintoretto, Goya or Leonardo da Vinci. There is no contradiction between temporal proximity and a centuries-long distance. He is concerned with the artistic expressions of feelings, thoughts or visions, which come in different historical guises, but always pointed to the same temporal origin. [more ...]
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Rafael Ramirez Máro
What makes a work of art a work of art? This question is dealt with in the Department of Practical and Theoretical Aesthetics at the MBU. The foundation of these investigations is the human-philosophical approach: what makes man human? How does this specifically human being manifest itself in the cultural and artistic world?
According to paleoanthropological view, it is above all spiritual features, in the prehistoric archaeological finds that characterize the evolutionary "quantum leap" to the human. This spiritual or spiritual, transcendental element manifests itself in the works of art as a "living", as the breathing: "... and (God) blew his breath into his nostrils. And so man became a living soul. "(Genesis 2.7) Only when a work of art is" alive, "when it has a" soul, "when it breathes, does it carry something spiritual in itself, and only then does it become a work of art. It becomes a living, that speaks to us and with which one can speak. This dialogue does not only take place in the works of art between the work of art and the viewer / listener, but is also realized within the artwork itself. This inner dialogue takes place on various levels and in different ways, including: have much to do with a wide variety of complex composition types and techniques. In the artwork, this dialogue is even conducted with other works of art from the most varied centuries and cultures, in quotations, paraphrases, etc. This dialogical power of the artworks turns a work of art into a "talking" phenomenon. Depending on its depth, this intrinsic feature of art appeals to us more or less poignantly, and depending on its depth, this discourse is persistently poignant, not short-lived and boring, as is characteristic of trivial "art." However, this gripping effect also has an effect on the human being himself, as the spiritualized breathing of the artwork passes on to the viewer / listener. The work of art and the victim immediately "breathe", opening up new spiritual spaces to those who have been seized, which in his everyday life would probably have remained closed to him. Here you can also find the enriching capacity of the artwork, which means a significant contribution to the refinement of the human in man. Thus, art and culture become an essential part of the humane development of a future society that can not be overestimated. But also constructive criticism of trivial manifestations within art and culture are essential in order to counteract the cessation of sensitivity to artworks.
If an art viewer or listener can listen to the work of art in a subtle way, if it respects and respects it as something alive, it will have profound implications for its dealings with other people. He will be able to "experience" the life in the work of art, as in the other as "divine breath", loving and respecting, which gives his life a new more spiritual and humane dimension, in which, like the great Spanish poet Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer on the Ask what poetry can answer: "La poesía eres tú" (You are the poetry)