“Life InVerse” not only represents a departure for the Colombian-born painter, but more emphatically it reflects the self awareness and intense introspection of the artist activist regarding his analytical observations on the unease permeating contemporary society in our uncertain times. For someone who has studied the artist’s career intently since the late 1990’s, it comes as no surprise that Duque’s first solo show in New Orleans in several years is marked so profoundly by his adopted city. Following the ravages of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the death of his eldest son, Steven, while serving the U.S. Coast Guard in 2006, the artist turned his sights inward and initiated a period of meditation and pictorial experimentation evident in his current body of work. Not unlike Goya observing the sleep of reason, Duque remains committed to exploring the tortured history of social injustice and continues producing complex, powerful works embedded with a thoughtful, dark intelligence, sense of irony and a healthy skepticism that succeeds in eschewing heavy-handed references. Present in these large and medium-sized canvas and paper paintings (…) are magnetic, new chromatic ranges and an atmospheric luminosity infused with just the pitch perfect amount of variation on his familiar brand of moody, existentialist imagery to keep art audiences spellbound. His mastery of nuanced expressiveness remains notable. As before, in his earlier desolate landscapes, populated by forlorn, anonymous figures, the artist maintains full control of the ambiance."
Carlos Suarez De Jesus, Art Critic, 2010