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Gallery opening at the studio of Ezshwan Winding

By Victoria Pierce

Forty years ago, Ezshwan Winding began exhibiting her paintings in Chicago, Illinois. Her work was widely praised, resulting in exhibitions in US galleries and later expanding to Spain, France and Italy. Her art is in permanent collections of museums and universities.

Gallery Opening at the studio of Ezshwan Winding
Sun, Oct 28, 1-4pm
Studio of Ezshwan Winding
Fray Pedro de Gante 33
Colonia Independencia
Phone 121 0440

After almost 50 years of working in oil, acrylic and welded steel Ezshwan fell in love with the painting medium of encaustic. The technique of molten beeswax, tree resin and pure pigment has captured her passion for the past 13 years.

Eight years ago Ezshwan moved to San Miguel de Allende. The move to Mexico has resulted in several successful one-woman gallery shows in San Miguel, Pozos and Puerto Vallarta. Countless new series have emerged in her adopted homeland, from the faces of indigenous women she encounters, to the magical Mexican Masks.

Ezshwan’s classical training allows her to move from figurative to abstract and back with ease. Ezshwan said, “I love the physical demands of working with hot wax and resin, and am continually challenged by the expanding possibilities. After careful calculation, I realized I have spent 17,000 hours just making encaustic art. By now, I feel I can answer all my students’ technical questions, and I still want to continue experimenting with this technique.”

Ezshwan is a well-respected teacher of encaustics. In the past several years she has taught over 70 workshops in the encaustic technique. Beginners, advanced students, artists and non-artists are welcome to experiment with the medium in her monthly workshops offered in her home studio.

Cynthia Hamilton, Ezshwan’s daughter, will also be displaying her own encaustic paintings during the open house. Cynthia studied art in Florence, Italy, where she learned old masters’ secrets of working with wax. She currently lives and works in San Francisco.

When I spoke with Cynthia she stated, “The medium of encaustic allows me to fuse and unify bee culture with personal stories. Through my art I recognize the significant connection we have with the bees and our traditions.”

Cynthia is very clearly on a path to developing her own personal language and style.

These two artists use the encaustic medium very differently, allowing the viewer to experience the alchemy that lends itself to a dynamic relationship between the artist creator and her medium.

Ezshwan enjoys working at home in her light-filled apartment in colonia Independencia and now is inviting the public to view her home gallery, visit an encaustic studio and enjoy a discount on all the artwork.

For directions and a map please email Ezshwan at For a preview of the work for sale please go to her website at


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