RAYMOND GOMEZ is an artist/sculptor and an architect/planner. His art work has paralleled his architectural career for over 35 years with works throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. After closing his architectural practice in New York City in 2006, he moved to the North Shore of Long Island where he resides and maintains his studio.
Gomez paints from his experience as an architect, expressing structural forms and context drawn from observations of his work. He experiments in his paintings with a range of differing techniques, primarily in acrylics and oils, and including a range of collages and other mixed media. His sculpture includes works in wood, plastic, brass, bronze and copper.
He was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, studied at Texas A&M University, where he received two undergraduate degrees. Additional coursework in design included summers at Rice University and the University of Oklahoma. He moved to New York City to study in the mid 60s where he received a Master of Science degree in Urban Design from Columbia University.
THE ARTIST’S STATEMENT
As an artist, I am drawn to express structural forms and movement in my work. My paintings express an illusion of motion, energy, speed and perhaps turbulence. My work is painted in a representative context, however I distort the realistic subject to reflect my vision of it. I paint in series as the ideas come to me. At times my subject matter appears static as in my Monument Series, but by altering the subject light and mood…it transforms itself to a more dynamic sense of movement. My Race Car Series focuses not on the racing, but on the dynamic controlled chaos in the car pits. I enjoy distorting the urban context of buildings by painting an imaginary wind, pushing building forms, distorting the sky, bridge structures and generally reflecting an urban chaotic scene. The Urban Chaos series combines newsprint collage buildings, alongside painted building swaying in the wind. My sculpture also reflects static “movement” at times…. as well as quiet repose.