Baroque at OMO
By Jim Corcoran
The impact of Mexican painters can be diluted under the category of Latin American Art. Mexico has a very specific history and a very heavy cultural background. Mexico is, in fact, closer to Europe than Argentina. Jose Ignacio Maldonado is a Mexican painter. Even though the roots of his family tree spread wide across the globe, he most identifies with Mexico, the country where he was born.
By José Ignacio Maldonado
Fri, Mar 1, 5-7pm
Fábrica La Aurora
For this exhibition, titled Baroque, José Ignacio has executed a series of paintings of baroque Mexican churches. The baroque style is typified by bold, curving forms, elaborate ornamentation, and overall balance of disparate parts. Though considered passé by the late 18th century in Europe, it continued to flourish in colonial South America and Mexico.
While the exhibition is cohesive in subject matter, it does show Jose Ignacio’s talent for painting in many varied styles. In evidence is his exacting, almost architectural, drawing skill, as well as his more exuberant semi-abstracted use of color and brushstroke. Any of these works would hang equally well in a colonial or contemporary space.