Size: 30"W x 30"H x 1"D
Year Created: 2015
Ready to Hang
"The Adaptation is a tragedy, a surreal microcosm of the impending, and a prophetic look at an unnatural future. Initial feelings of serenity and contentment become haunting upon closer inspection. The semi-transparence of the pandas coupled with the melting of the coral suggests the impermanence of the natural world as we know it. What little beauty we have left is not just fading, it’s disappearing. This disappearance is subtle but not unsubstantial.
Edgardo employs two pandas in his painting to symbolize two contrasting reactions to the same circumstance: the lager panda represents a sedentary indifference towards the degeneration of its habitat, as it readily adapts and then resumes its gluttonous demeanor. The younger panda shows a more reticent and almost debilitating fear of this unnatural environment, which it is ill equipped to live in. Edgardo leaves it up to the viewer to take a more active stance on his forecast entitled, The Adaptation."
Edgardo works from his garden in a quiet neighborhood above Los Angeles. It is far from his hometown barrio of El Corazon, in Guayama, Puerto Rico, but reminiscent of it. Edgardo identified himself as an artist immediately and developed his passion for art throughout his upbringing in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Being the only artist in his family and struggling to find other painters to learn from in urban Lawrence, he cultivated his talents from his own heart. His education continued at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI where he received his Bachelor degree in Retail Marketing and Management. The success of his artwork, which he continued to produce on the side, allowed him to transition full-time into being an artist. Press coverage of Edgardo’s artwork and exhibitions began to occur more frequently, in media outlets such as: Telemundo, Original Living Magazine, Providence Español, Eagle Tribute Merrimack Valley, and Adelante Magazine August Issue 2016.