Rubén Morales at Bordello Galería

By Misty Haskett

Bordello Galería will host a closing reception featuring the paintings and cantera sculptures of Morelian artist Ruben Morales. The reception will be held this Saturday, from 6 to 8pm.

Closing reception
Rubén Morales at Bordello Galería
Sat, Mar 23, 6-8pm
Bordello Galería
Casa de la Noche
Órganos 19, 1/2 block off Hernández Macías

Morales’ renderings of typical Mexican subjects may seem simple at first, but the combination of economy of rich colors and light allow these seemingly naïve paintings to reveal a more complex and intentional piece of art.

A former student of Morelia’s Bellas Artes school, Morales says he rejected most of the traditional art education and learned more from other painters he met. He works from his memory and imagination, capturing the everyday life of Mexico in a striking way.

Morales, 66, says, “I paint to create feeling or emotion.” He does this through faceless subjects in everyday situations; a woman selling flowers, an old man walking with a cane or a girl washing clothes. The mood is evoked with simple gesture, posture, and color applied in broad strokes.

Still a simple man with simple ways Morales sells most of his work on the street in Morelia, and despite significant outsider acclaim, his work continues to be fresh and affordable.

He has been noticed by international collectors who have sponsored gallery exhibits in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, Florida, and Buffalo, New York, as well as locally in Puerto Vallarta. He has been shown in Uruguay and in the well known state-sponsored Mexican collective “Casa de Artesanias” in Morelia. Most recently he received award-winning recognition at the Salon International des Createurs du Siele in France.

The Bordello Galería is so named because it is located in the main sala of Madam Turca’s Casa de la Noche, where notorious “ladies of the evening” once made their living. Barbara Poole, owner of the popular guesthouse and a painter herself, hopes to continue using her front room gallery space to promote lesser-known Mexican artists as well as emerging local sanmiguelenses.

Many of Morales’ works already decorate the private rooms at Casa de la Noche. The recently renovated 13-room bed and breakfast is filled with original art and is a cozy respite for tourists and travelers. Come see why Morales continues to be a favorite here.


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