Eduardo Lapetina is largely self-taught; he has constantly experimented in his studio and this has led him to develop a painting technique with unique characteristics. He has also attended painting classes with Professor Kimowan McLain at the University of North Carolina and with painter Jane Filer at the Carrboro Art Center.
In recent years he has been part of more than 50 solo and group exhibitions, attended national and international artist’s colonies, and had a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. His paintings have received several awards and are in various corporate and private collections throughout the USA, Europe, Israel and Australia.
His ambition with his paintings is to use symbolic shapes and colors to express his deepest emotions and passion for life. This leads him to apply paint to the canvas in unusual ways -- by pouring, splashing, dripping, and scratching. His paintings also require layers upon layers of paint to create a sensuous and turbulent surface texture that is as vital and as complicated as life itself. He uses color to allure an imaginative and subtle spatial elusiveness. His abstract expressions are the product of many days of working and reworking.
The steps leading to his abstract paintings are the art of hiding and disclosing. It is the discovery of mysteries of the subconscious mind that are pa rt of his own personal legend. Personality counts. These abstractions hold the promise of dreams, visions, fears, intangibles, and will. It is a collaboration of mind and spirit. It is a form of magic that may speak both to you and for you with a private, secret, confidential language. They also require something from the viewer; it demands contemplation, study, feeling, and flights of fancy.