"Vegetative tapestries of icy blue, coppery maroon, and a plethora of green-yellows intertwine in the hair of inquisitive women who rise from the psyche of the Colombian jungle in the latest effervescent paintings by Jaime Apraez. The resplendent jungle is broken only by the translucent green, blue, mauve, and tangerine faces of this new race of women whose direct vision, with its depth of emotion swept away, examine the viewers calmly and uncannily. In Plantation (a painting that looks almost woven), Blanca and Negra fit lushly together—yin and yang whose cradled legs and hands betray intimacy while their arched expressions ignore the tropical density invading through their legs. Polarity, one of the painter's trademarks, is evident in Negra's iridescent nipples cast against Blanca's prudish posture. The promise of a reckoning can perhaps be seen in the kinetic turquoise horizon."
Born in Colombia, Jaime Denko Apraez has resided on the Lower East Side for more than 25 years. His work has been shown in galleries in New York City, Florida and Bogotá, Colombia and can also be found in private collections throughout Europe, South America and North America.