Pardo began as an abstract expressionist. Her paintings were characterized by the gestural, dramatic application of oil paint on the canvas that revealed her inner psyche and attempted to evoke a universalizing sense of emotion. By the late 1960s, however, Pardo joined many other Venezuelan artists at the time, including her husband Alejandro Otero, by turning to geometric abstraction. Nevertheless, Pardo never lost sight of her interest in exploring human emotion through abstract form. Through the geometricization of space, Pardo’s work focused on dynamic visual relationships produced by the juxtaposition of color and how color could reflect inner consciousness to the outside world. Her work, therefore, represents a unique synthesis between the compositional elements of geometric abstraction and the spiritual quality of abstract expressionism.


  • Title: Capricornio (Capricorn)
  • Creator: Mercedes Pardo
  • Date Created: 1985
  • Location: Venezuela
  • Physical Dimensions: w22.5 x h22.75 in
  • Type: Print
  • Rights: All rights reserved
  • Medium: serigraph

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