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An opening reception will be held on April 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. where visitors can meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.

March 27, 2019
Writer: Elisa Walker

REXBURG, Idaho— The Brigham Young University-Idaho Spori Art Gallery welcomes the work of Argentine artist, Jorge Cocco Santángelo in its next exhibit titled Sacred Events from the Life of Christ. The exhibit will run April 5 through May 30. An opening reception will be held on April 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. where visitors can meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.

Traveling from the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah, Santángelo’s exhibit has become hugely successful, as he captivates audiences through his unique and original art style self-named “sacrocubism.” The artist combines the modern techniques and style of 20th century cubism with sacred events from the life of Jesus of Nazareth to create powerful pieces with deep meanings.

Through the use of abstraction and geometric shapes, Santángelo guides the viewer’s attention to the themes and overall message of his art rather than irrelevant details such as textures and historical accuracy. The artist purposely employs simple shapes to enable the viewer to ponder on the spiritual nature of the events depicted without distraction.

“I’m really excited to show the works of Santángelo, especially during the Easter season,” said Spori Art Gallery Curator Kyoung DaBell. “Santángelo is not trying to capture the accuracy of historical backgrounds or an exact likeness of Christ. But by depicting simple shapes, he allows the viewer to focus on the most essential and holy aspects of the sacred events themselves.”

The BYU-Idaho Spori Art Gallery features the works of local and regional artists as well as the university’s permanent collection. The gallery is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Private tours are offered to groups of 15 or more guests and can be booked by contacting sporigallery@byui.edu.