Artist Tony Vazquez-Figueroa has researched the theme of Modernism in Latin America for over a decade, studying its origins and influences both positive and negative on the local population and its aesthetic. Most explicitly he confronts the issue in Venezuela and how oil was and continues to be a crucial element that shapes this crisis ridden society to this very day.

Vazquez-Figueroa explores through the medium of crude oil and its many expressions, how a country could express modernity through architecture and infrastructure but not with respect to democracy and its peoples civil liberties.

His works which include photography, pieces molded on to canvas and three-dimensional sculptures encapsulating suspended crude oil, all combine to present us a rich analysis and archives of events.