The themes in encounters to visionary experiences. Occasionally these two modalities Miguel A. Chavez’s paintings range from humble intermingle, which gives his depictions of seemingly ordinary homes (sourced from sites as diverse as Argentina, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Chile) a portentous atmosphere. In the architecture of the buildings Chavez paints, and the way they relate with the people that fill his canvases, one senses not only a record of history, but a recreation of this same history, using existing realties for their foundational cornerstone.
The venerable medium of oil on canvas, Chavez’s preferred materials, lends his paintings a classical quality. Layered oil pigments are built up gradually, and the slow-drying nature of the medium bleeds into the contemplative tranquility of the scenes he depicts. In this way, the objects and people that populate his works are rendered with a degree of thoughtfulness and consideration that communicates instantly to the eye of the viewer. This haunting quality is a testament to the level of attentiveness that went into the works, as much as the historical character of the settings Chavez has chosen to paint.