Varela is an artist with an amazing breadth of range – an intellectual whose love of philosophy and music is discernible in his work. His faith and his deeply held convictions are part of his personal iconography. His work bespeaks transcendence – best expressed as a search for perfection – an exacting aesthetic process and a “golden” balance whether asymmetrical or linear, aspiring to the sublime, allowing for neither improvisation nor apathy.
Uruguayan by birth and training, a Dominican by matrimonial ties (a short visit which turned into integration) Varela feels no need for a geographical identity, preferring to become immersed in the millennia of sacred words, which have conveyed the history of the human race.
His works were never easy to decipher. Unlike most artists where there is a perceptive response after the first glance, Varela prefers that we read, we think, we meditate before his drawing, his painting, his sculpture. Like an archaeologist working continually in a dig, he decodes and interprets the forms – figures, abstractions, letters. Varela’s palette is generally austere although lately there is a more varied range and tone. To be thus, a visual thinker, prevents intransigence and restricted themes.