"The powerful works of Marité Vidales enable the viewer to perceive a sense of mystery, magic and dream-like representations..." Jaime Daremblum, Former Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States.
"La pintura de Marité Vidales, más allá de su buen manejo del dibujo y del colorido, es espacial, misteriosa, geométrica y poética. Un canto cósmico que parte de las entrañas de la emblemática montaña volcánica." Marcelo Mendiata, Director y Editor, Argentina Universal.
/ Breeze, 2002
|Volcán Nocturno I /
Volcano I, 2002
Acrylic on canvas
"Marité Vidales's early landscape paintings depict nature as an intense fantasy-filled scene bursting with energy and flooding the canvas with a wild chromatic strength reminiscent of Fauvism. Her current landscapes are filled with the same vibrant colors and bright, luminous paints, but accompanied now by a dream-like mysteriousness that lends a magic air to the images she paints. Some of these canvases have areas or geometric spaces separating figures from the rest of the landscape, generating at times a visual tension matching that between the colossal, earthly power of the volcano -- symbolizing the energy of mother nature -- and the areas depicting leaves of banana trees grown by men.
Vidales declares that the areas and the contrast between macro and micro elements represented by the volcano-mountain and the banana leaf are, from her perspective, possibilities created by the aesthetics of forms, memories of Costa Rica's landscapes, and the harmony of visual composition. Certainly, in her work color acquires a structural dimension that makes no attempt to describe objects and her figures form friezes full of movement and cadences striving to capture harmony for the composition as a whole. Yet others might see in that contrast between the telluric force of nature and human efforts to master the environment reflections on the problems posed by that relationship.
The separation of the figures into zones and the structural-hierarchical contrasts built into the spatial design prompts a kind of conflict between the metaphoric function of segmented space and the seductive wealth of color casting a magic, mysterious spell. This tension, seductiveness, and conceptual dualism in Vidales's paintings are hallmarks of truly romantic landscapes. In her paintings the shapes of the countryside also convey the artist's insights into the tensions between nature and culture and express her position or personal appreciation of a core component of contemporary life." Efraim Hernández, Art Historian at Costa Rica's Universidad Nacional.