Scale of Values

From the beginning of his career, the artist has focused, in the development of new languages. Belonging to the first generation of self appointed “contemporary artists” in El Salvador, He’s innovative roll, has given him a sense of responsibility in the new regional scenario.

Walterio's work plays with some essential aspects of our society, our daily lives, and what appears to be the immanence of threatening situations that affect us.

The aesthetic, the order and cleanliness have been characteristic of his work, now the artist introduces the sense of “number”, the idea of account, of measurement, and calculation, somehow referring to the statistics related to violence, but also thinking in how difficult it could be, to modify the patterns of antisocial behavior . As a medium, he uses carefully arranged domestic objects that acquire new meaning in a new context.

His pieces with tonal gradations in monochrome colors, can be read as metaphors for tolerance: a reflection on the respect of ideas, beliefs or practices that may be beyond us. In a society that has been polarized for too long, it seems the new expressions want to walk away from old patterns, and take a closer road to our time.

Rodolfo Molina.




Horizon • Forest

From the top Horizon I and II Forest and forest detail



From the top: Painter's clothes, Recent painting and Genre painting.


Fom the top: Shoes, Knives, Forks, Cigars, Eggs, Drops,
Antennas, Caps, Matches, Containers and Stones.

About. Scale of values

What is your name?, Where are you from?, How old are you?, How much do you weight?, How tall are you?... We measure everything, we classify everything, we have the urgent need to experience the world through figures.

We are use to using measurement systems that help us understand all we know, it is not strange that we live affected by statistics, especially if they relate with day to day activity, and with a topic that literally has had this country and the world in a state of anxiety for a long time: violence.

El Salvador was involved for 12 years in a war that left more than 75,000 victims; 20 years ago the Peace Agreements where signed; more than 60 people have died for every 100,000 habitants between 2004 and 2009, this country has been appointed by UNDP as the most violent country in the world, and is also one of the most deforested countries per square kilometer; and inventories continue in what appears to be a long list of numbers.

The universe of the household is the space where the most important things happen. The objects that compose it are therefore transcendental. In this series Walterio does a redefinition exercise; returning these objects and taking them out of their home environment in irony, proposing a series of comments related to our everyday life. A rain of knives, toy horses, detergents and matches organized horizontally on exact ciphers that suggest a range of variations. These instruments are no longer for cooking, cleaning nor game objects; they are now composed subtly or clearly as statistics that we all are a part.