If reviewed within the western historical canons, the work of Diego Arango has a clear influence on avant-garde movements of the 20th century such as surrealism, abstraction, cubism and primitivism. Regarding the latter, Arango highlights its simplicity, its transcendence in time and its reverence for form. It is important to emphasize that these European avant-gardes spread throughout Latin America, which not only generated a transformation and appropriation of these movements with a nationalist vision, but also a renewal and positioning of Latin American art at a global level.
Arango was born in Medellín and was formed as an architect at the National University. More than 40 years ago he settled in Palma de Mallorca, a territory that has colored his work, not only from the colorful Mediterranean, but also from the simple life, the sea, the sun and the free and multicultural spirit that is breathed there. Added to this is his interest in the mythical and the archetypal imaginaries that result from his experiences and his interest in the primitive.
In his paintings, Arango addresses in a determined and committed way, his interest in flat forms, color, space, but also in the rudimentary, play and chaos. Far from a subjective reading, his work points towards the universality of language that results from the refined forms of the representation of things. Subject that enhances the expressive, dreamlike capacity and the power of art to reverse the order of reality, without his paintings pretending to be more than the representation of what they are: joyful and antidogmatic.