in San Fernando Art School in Madrid (1953-1958), Crespo Rivera
manifests in a conceptual way during the 60´s in figurative
expression "throughout these years, he makes a defendant
effort seeking for plastic shapes able to suggest a social contextuality
in art, although he must constrain to the field of experiences.
His research takes place in the problems of shape, texture,
from the informal to the abstract" (José Luis
Wood is one of the main materials used by Crespo Rivera since
the begginings, although he also uses bronze and stone for some
of his expresionist creations.
At the beggining of the 70´s he evolves toward a fully
abstract work, of stature on wood with essentially
geometric forms where the sculptoric relief participates within
a deliberately pictorical concept, with monochrome lacquer colours
that the critic Carlos Areán defined as scultopainting.
He talks about Crespo Rivera´s work in "Cuadernos
Hipanoamericanos" (hispanic-american books) in 1973 saying
"as in most of the constructo-specialists conceptions,
and thanks to the shade spaces that the concavities of the painting
produce, light is an important element for the aesthetic development
of this artistic form, inasmuch as changes in the direction
of the luminous source determine variations of its arrangements
of elements and its form that has more of stage scene than of
real physical conception. It is therefore, apart of its space
concept, of the evolution of the forms that proposes, of the
resource to the collaboration of the light that summons a human
and sincere painting destined to be immediate presence for the
life and contemplation of the man, proposal of murals and walls
for a future that is already in our calendars".
critic Joaquín Castro de Bereza in the "Teleradio"
magazine makes a comparison of this work with the one of Gerardo
Rueda "what in Rueda is just linear constructivism,
in Crespo Rivera is enriched by the circular structures that
accompany the straight lines. What in Rueda is design attainable
by a good experienced carpenter, in Crespo Rivera is labour
that obligatorily requires the hand of its author. It is not
my pretension to establish a comparison between both artists,
but the appointment is inevitable and makes
clearly evident the category of Crespo Rivera,
who can bear being compared with such a famous master of modern
art without loosing his neighborly and criteria".
From this period of pictorical concept it shall be enphasized
Ovoid Composition in White (1971), Zamora Provincial Delegation
Prize at the I Biennial Painting Exhibition "City of Zamora",
and White Spaces (1975), Prize of the Jury at the Múltiples
Contest, Serie Art Gallery.
As a consequence of the exhibition made in the Galería
Skira in Madrid in 1973, he was asked to made the constructivist
mural for the "experimental facility" in Colón
Towers in Madrid, in colaboration with the architecht Antonio
Lamela, who later entrusted him to develope a big mural in the
hall of his studio in O´Donell Street in Madrid.
works, the author takes a step ahead by making some murals of
an schematic constructivism expressed on the straight line,
but without loosing the relief of his paintings from the previous
stage, neither the sense of the space rythm, nor the monochrome
white colour that always preside over both conceptions.
From 1977 he gets back to three-dimensional abstract sculpture
with a main concept of curves with bronze convexities and concavities,
a purified morbid texture, sometimes with a natural polishing
in contrast with expresive warm and black patinas "without
any kaos, with a remarkable order, bronze speaks and cradles,
and takes the viewer towards the foreshortening, the spiral,
the oval, the genital" This is the way Claudio Rodríguez
speaks about this sculpture in the poem he dedicated to Crespo
Rivera under the name "Materia y Alma" (Matter and
OTHER ACTIVITIES ON PLASTIC
From 1984, Crespo Rivera teaches Modelling and Design at the
Art and Crafts School in his home town of Zamora. At that time
he stablished a furnitures designer shop,
one of the firsts in Castile (Spain),
being its managing
director and centering his effort on it, drawed him apart from
present time, he has returned to the artistic creation entirely,
and he is preparing a retrospective exhibition of all his work.