Tomás Sivera, 2-dimensional plastic creator committed to himself and his contemporaries, reflects in his work an interest for the human being in a social, political and economic context, which, is present in all his paintings and which are a turning point centred around what we are, who we are, why, what for... some of humanity's greatest questions, which rarely have an answer, only retains their reflection and impression, are shades of the human being, which through the use of black in the shadows that being projects enable a less meticulous shape that doesn't distract the audience's attention, as well as emphasize semantic concepts such as volume, form, which on their own, acquire a human status, from the inside out, externalizing his feelings and Tomás' work's expressive intent.

A Humanist painter, which, with his work, searches the human being's freedom, to make him find himself and in its own context. Using a limited palette, while rich when transferred to the canvas, like a primitive painter, prehistoric, even, he uses the red and black colours that prevail in his work, the other colours are conditioned and complement this base. The shadows' representation occurs because there is someone who causes them, but without details, transparencies and reflexive shades that hide the desire of the representation and above all, make the observer think.

Moisés Gil
Prof. Dep. Escultura de la U.P .V.


In Tomás Sivera’s pictures a dark patch is superposed on a neat area, the drawing to the painting. Its bottoms are papers or woods that the painter has stained repartly with the purpose to obtain fragile plane or wrinkled matters tan de successives capes of vanishes cool and proyect them like a brilliant glass will do.

The superposed drawings are accomplished with a technique so old as the black of the smoke. In the caves, the ancestors of the artists described their cynegetic tótems with the same technique, using extinguished candlewood for the porfiles and inflamed for the shadows.

Tomás Sivera is not the only current artista that use this technique. Between all, we can stan out the Czech, who ended to the Spanish, Jiri Dokoupil who has pited some time with extinguished or inflamed candlewoods or José María Sicilia, from Madrid, who has used similar resort on cerulean areas, a naturalist redundance about our times technique. Both looked for similar results tan Sivera in his pictures.

The fact is that Tomás Sivera Works isolated and almost without reference in his native Jávea. Without thinking on the work of Dokoupil or Sicilia, without knowing the work of the painters whom the big galleries show. Sivera is a self-taught painters, as people said in old times, without other relation with the academy tan the things he learned from a painter: Juan Segarra Llamas. All the other things belong to him: lots of hours experimenting almost alone.

From which mystery pathless places has the contemporariness arrived to the self-taught studio who has to steal the hours to sleep for painting? We can find the mystery, the ambiguity, the minimalist decrease and the times mention in his pictures with the same power than the one we can find in the pictures of another artists with more resorts and information. Besides, Tomás Sivera beat them on modesty and lack of pretensión, value for an isolated artiste from who we can expect more.

Horacio Fernandez


It has been a long time, since Tomás Sivera is wondering arround the Art world, and it is so because it is not usually for him to go straight as if he Knew exactly beforehand what he is going to find in his trip. Although his work is real, his process of painting is not a mere translation of what is already known. In fact, I said “paintings”, but Tomás Sivera has not only selected painting, but also he is seduced by esculpture as it can be seen in his work “Astes al Vent” in the way to the port of Xàbia. A painted trunk next to the chuch in the forth edicion of “Llocs Lliures” (1994)- without doubts the most important event, produced in the Marina Alta, shows his plural Knowledge.

The serie presented in this show, is the result of an echo of that interesting exhibition Negre de fum, which took place in the Espai d’art A. Lambert of Xàbia in 1995. In that occasion, the drawings done with the charcoal that is left behind the trial of the smoke of the flames, floated on the pictoric, milky background, like washed or scrachted by the passing time.

Now, the backgrounds of that stock, are colored, gay, but not absent of that appearance of worn out surface, mistaken where, paradogically, the paint appears as a strip off. In them, we can see a dancer, several puppets, and a wheelbarrow of the old tales, like elements of one of those stories which origin is lost in the confussion of the past times or in the intemporalilty of the dreams. Kind dreams or, in any case , light daydrams which float arround us when we get abandoned to the rest, to the reading,...

There is nothing pompous in this pictures, neither the feeling of establishig great truths nor the ripping apart of the canvas, aspects so common nowdays in the art-world. Only canvas, in the way of precarious Teatrini that give us, in a fixed manner, the net experience of the pleasure of painting.

Nicolás Sánchez Durá