South East: San Miguel artists in Valle

By Margaret Failoni

On December 1, the Valle de Bravo branch of the Santiago Corral Gallery celebrates its first year anniversary by presenting “South East”, an exhibition of three artists: Lynne Gleason, with a series of her majestic horse paintings; Santiago Corral, with a new series of magnificent landscape paintings; and the sculptural output of Rodrigo de la Sierra. Although de la Sierra is from Mexico City, his work was professionally first shown in San Miguel and he considers San Miguel his good luck amulet and artistic home, seeing the uncanny success he has achieved in so few years. His iconic alter ego figure, ‘Timo,’ has been shown in several galleries throughout Mexico and recently in Rome with incredible success. For the Valle exhibition, some new Timos, vacillating between the ludicrous and the conceptual and some quite monumental, will be presented. After the Valle opening, some of these works will see their way to San Miguel.

South East
Sat, Dec 1, 6-9pm
Santiago Corral Gallery
Valle de Bravo

Given that Valle de Bravo is a horse company with a professional Polo club, dressage championships, etc., a careful selection of horse paintings by Lynne Gleason has been made, sure to delight the equestrian aficionados. Gleason is one of the foremost figurative artists not only in San Miguel, but in Mexico today. Her horse paintings and sculptures, be they that of the Queen’s cavalry or the paintings especially created for the Royal Palaces of the Middle East, are truly unsurpassed.

Ever the consummate artist of figurative painting, it is difficult to choose which of the genres Santiago Corral masters as a preferred best. For this exhibition, Corral has painted a series of awe-inspiring landscapes; one in particular, depicting huge rainclouds hovering over the San Miguel ‘presa’… a masterful work. As classically realistical and  figurative as Corral usually is, there is often something slightly surreal in some of his oeuvre. One painting in particular will also be in this landscape presentation. He has painted an iPod with the user’s landscape reflected from the background onto the face of the iPod.

Most of the Valle de Bravo gallery visitors are from Mexico City, with Valle as their weekend retreat. In the past year of the gallery’s existence in Valle, it has proven to be a success. We have no doubt that San Miguel artists will continue to be successful in Valle de Bravo.


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