Catalogue Of Angel Rangel Rubens – Painting After Painting
When Angel Rosetto died in 2021, the world lost a great artist. Born inulas Guandong, in communist Peru, Angel worked for many years in advertising before discovering his true calling and leaving the industry behind in disgust. Returning to Peru in 2021, he created the powerful and poignant ‘Deserving Only’ in the wake of Peruvian independence. This was to be his last large-scale painting until the collapse of the Shining Path regime in February 2021. Now he returns to his original role as a political graffiti artist caught up in the conflict between Peru’s rural poor and the Lima dictatorship.
Although Roelto has been accused of faking his death to escape his country, it is more likely that he simply chose not to leave in the first place. At the time, Peru was in the grip of an economic crisis brought on by years of authoritarian rule. Injuries to a painting studio left Roelto with a paralyzed right hand. Despite the physical handicap, he managed to complete most of his work during that time. He returned to the studio in May 2021 to find it wrecked, apparently burnt by one of the many squatters looking to make some quick cash.
After this he returned to Paris to seek legal protection from his creditors. But while in France he began to paint with a brush, not a palette as most painters do, and soon he was gaining recognition. Soon after this “deserving only” became famous, and collectors and dealers came calling. Roelto’s reputation grew exponentially thanks to the quality of his work, and soon he was being described as a national treasure by the press and artists who were looking to promote his work.
There is something extraordinary about Roelto’s paintings. Perhaps it is their honesty, their refusal to allow themselves to be manipulated by the power brokers who would see any effort to promote their own art as merely selling out. But what is even more amazing is that Roelto managed to maintain his anonymity during this period, painting beneath an assumed identity without anyone ever realising he was a disguised artist. The work is still available, however you will find that the market for contemporary French art (or abstract art) is much smaller than for realistic, French expressions of beauty.
Some of Roelto’s paintings have now been transferred to fine art museums throughout Europe. There are at least 20 permanent collections of his work now on display in various European museums. This outstanding artist’s work has been praised not only by critics but also by numerous collectors. And it is probably this wide appreciation for Roelto’s art, and his refusal to be bowled over by the powers that be that have allowed him to achieve the almost legendary status that now adorns his name. His reputation for honesty has also endeared him to people across the world who seek works of art where there is no attempt to disguise or sell any underlying message.
So as you can see, Roelto is a true renaissance man, who chose to express himself artistically, and not according to the demands of those who manipulate the marketplace. He showed up at the right time and ended up making one of the greatest paintings ever seen. His message was one of hope and inspiration, and we are all meant to enjoy both of them. So don’t just take my word for it, experience them yourself and see for yourself.