‘’Arman, why do you paint like that?’’ This is the question which the first Venezuelan modernist painter, Armando Reverón (1889–1954) sought to escape when he began leading a self- imposed Robinson Crusoe existence in the Caribbean village Macuto. Although an eccentric and a schizophrenic, Reverón spent the major part of his life in endless, yet groundbreaking attempts to make the invisible visible by capturing pure light. In 1917, the repressive Venezuelan government declared artists enemies of the state, which prompted him to flee the tense political situation. In Macuto Reverón built his Castillete (‘a little castle’) — both a rustic…

Rada Georgieva

Art History and Russian MA student at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

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