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Oscar Martínez Heredia at OMO

By Jim Corcoran

The word photorealism was coined by Louis K. Miesel in 1969 and appeared in print for the first time in 1970 in a Whitney Museum catalogue for the show “Twenty Two Realists”. As a full-fledged art movement, Photorealism evolved from Pop Art and as a counter to Abstract Expressionism in the early 1970’s in the United States.

Art Opening, Photorealism show by, Oscar Martínez Heredia, Fri, Jun 1, 5-7pm, Galería OMO, Fábrica Aurora

Photo realists use a photograph or several photographs to gather the information to create their paintings. Though a master in a number of painting styles, Oscar Martinez Heredia has chosen Photorealism for this, his first one man, show at galería OMO. The centerpiece of this exhibition is a six-foot by nine foot painting of his own two children. By working on such a large scale, Oscar has made it easy to observe his proficiency in this technique. There are four other smaller, yet equally fascinating works included in the show. Of particular interest is the painting of his own face under water. Adding to the natural distortion of features that one would expect is layer upon layer of resin, which truly enables the viewer to imagine looking into a pool.
Oscar Martinez Heredia has been exhibiting his work since 1993, both here in Mexico as well as the United States. His solo shows have included exhibitions at Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City and The Golden Pacific Arts in San Diego, California. In 2002 he successfully took on the daunting task of painting both scenery and canvases for the HBO production “And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself” directed by Bruce Beresford. The Oscar exhibition will run through August.

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