Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sixty Years at The Intituto Allende - Part One

The Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende celebrated it sixtieth anniversary this year with a retrospective art show that is not to be missed.
The first painting to view is of Enrique Fernandez who was one of the founders of the Instituto and was once Governor of the state, Guanajuato.

The painting of this young lad (1952) is by Felipe Cossio del Polmar, a Peruvian writer who founded the first art school in town, the Bellas Artes, in 1938.
"San Andres Huayapam" (2010) is painted by a contemporary artist, Daniel Rueffert. Rueffert is known for his plein-air brushwork paintings, many reflect his unique use of shadowing, especially with the use of the color white. You can find more of his paintings at Galeria 18 on Calle Jesus 19.
This Serigraph, titled "Papantla", is by Carlos Merida. Merida was one of the first instructors to teach at the Bellas Artes in 1937. Papantla is a beautiful little town famous for their Volvadores (flying Dancers). Every year the Volvadores come over to San Miguel to perform during the St. Michael's (San Miguel's patron saint) celebrations.
"Naturaleza Muerta" (1966) by Romeo Tabuena. He was born in Lloilo City in the Philippines in 1921. He left in 1955 and is painting and living in San Miguel. He is considered as one of the groundbreaking modernist of the 1950's.
"Mindigas Ciegas" (2009), an oil painting by local artist, Jim Giampali. I love the colors and composition of this piece.

See my next post on Friday where I will feature more artist from this fabulous exhibit.

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