Art critic Leonel Lopez-Nussa expressed in an interview that he called that new visual effect "Newism"; because there have been just a few artists in art history that has created something really new, something totally different from the rest and definitely Josignacio is one of those.
Renowned Cuban intellectual Dr. José Antonio Portuondo wrote: “Josignacio is the artistic representative of the “Plastic Era”
Dr. Kenworth W. Moffett, Former Director of Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale, wrote, "This new technique is the result of the marriage of art and technology" and also said “Josignacio is one of the abstract born artists, not the ones that are made”
William C. Agee, Professor of Art History of Hunter College, City University of New York when in 1996 judged the 38th Annual Hortt Memorial Competition and Exhibition in which Josignacio was awarded with “The Best in Show Award” to one of his “Dualism Series” painting: the “3 O’ clock” said “I judged the work by the expressive power, the authenticity and intensity, and the formal and technical accomplishment that it conveyed”
“Josignacio is a revolution inside the revolution”
Colombian writer the Nobel Prize in Literature Gabriel García Márquez
When I first stepped in front of Josignacio's painting, the strength of the colors, the shining of the resin and the dramatic forms, I really felt have been hit by a lightning strike
Director of The New York Museum of Modern Art's International Program
Josignacio is a genuine artist, he constantly renews itself and it is absolutely impossible to ignore such beauty and perpetual intensity that are always present in his works. It is a pleasure for me knowing him personally.
Dolores C. Smithies
Sotheby’s Public Relations and Auctions Consultant
Josignacio's Dualism Series “The Key”, “El Siete” and “The 3 O’clock” addresses the issues of duality on multiple levels with objects that become part of his artistic vocabulary and symbolic of the human quest for harmony through the reconciliation of opposites.
Director and Chief Curator of the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University.Type your paragraph here.
Plastic Paint Medium Technique
Dr. José Antonio Portuondo in 1987, when he wrote the words for Josignacio’s first personal exhibition, referring to the use of epoxy resin as an "agglutinating medium" mixed with "pigments" as colorants, called this new technique “Plastic Paint Medium” and said that Josignacio was the artistic representative of the "Plastic Era". Art critic Leonel López-Nussa also called this as “Newism” citing that there wasn’t earlier references for this “New Ism”. And Literature Novel Prize, Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez said when he wrote about this revolutionary medium that "Josignacio is a Revolution inside The Revolution"* (Cuban Fidel Castro's Revolution)
Artist Josignacio in Havana City, Cuba created this painting technique in 1984. Epoxy resin was used before 1984 in art as a varnish, to glue stuff on collages or to make some kind of sculptural objects. The pigmented epoxy resin painting results in a real plastic finish with a totally new visual effect. It has said was new because until that moment was almost impossible to obtain such shining, hardens, transparency, and real 3D effects with the conventional known mediums Such as Oil painting, acrylic painting, Watercolor or Gouache, to mention the must used by artists. Josignacio’s first completed painting with this mixing was a neo figurative depiction of a human face. Plastic Paint Medium or pigmented epoxy resin is not water based neither water-soluble, its drying or curing time is approximately six hours, depending on some factors such humidity, temperature or amount of pigment added to mix. Josignacio's Plastic Paint Medium or pigmented epoxy resin is a revolution in the artists/painters technique's field. The way of mixing the two liquids is in identical parts, then steering until is completely mixed the resin with the hardener and then it is added the desired color in a form of dry pigment or oil painting. Then it is applied to the support, either canvas or wood in a horizontal position until it dries, is the same system used to make epoxy resin tabletops on Yachts. This technique is also very resistant to the corrosive effects of weathering and an excellent blocker against the devastating UV's rays. Although epoxy resin have been in use for many years, is important to know its health hazards. German artist and art theorist Max Doerner predicted the use of synthetic resins in art, in his book “The Materials of the Artist and Their Use in Painting” first published in 1921.