Radamés “Juni” Figueroa and his Clemente jersey

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I saw a series of paintings on cut-out wood shapes by Radamés “Juni” Figueroa at the NADA Art Fair a couple weeks ago, and there’s something about their bold simplicity that still appeals to me. As you can see from the first picture below, he has a range of subjects, from a New York baseball hat, prescription drug bottle, a cigaratte, a guitar, and a Pittsburgh Pirates jersey. Scroll down for more …

paintings by Radames Juni Figueroa at NADA 2017

I especially liked the Pirates jersey, and the way the spot light created a dark halo around it. The “halo” effect gives the effect of a somber tribute, which seems appropriate since this represents the jersey of Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. I don’t know if the lighting was done this way on purpose, but it works for me. As I looked for pictures of Clemente, I noticed that most of them showed him wearing a sleeveless version of the jersey, which I think was more-common in the late 1960s before the short-sleeved jerseys became common in the 1970s (baseball fans, feel free to correct me here if I’m wrong).

I like this painting even more since it’s just the jersey, and not a full portrait of Roberto Clemente … it allows the viewer to mentally fill-in the rest. At any rate, you can see more of Radamés “Juni” Figueroa’s work at his gallery’s website here.

Robert Clemente and a painting of his jersey

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