Pam Lacayo’s “New Dimensions”

By Janell Meador

Sitting on a rock in Machu Picchu, Peru, 20 years ago, Pam Lacayo made some life-changing decisions. “I decided I was going to paint, and have some property of my own,” says Lacayo. “I feel that is a very womanly thing to do, to be strong and to be able to take care of oneself.” Today, Lacayo is a well-known painter in San Miguel de Allende, and has placed her work in homes, resorts, and restaurants from Hawaii to Canada.

Pam Lacayo’s “New Dimensions”
(It Is What It Is – You Figure It Out)
Fri, Jul 5, 7pm-9pm
The Gallery
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“New Dimensions (It Is What It Is – You Figure It Out)” opens at The Gallery on July 5, with an artist’s reception from 7-9pm. Pam Lacayo’s striking paintings will grace the walls, and The Gallery will be an installation echoing Lacayo’s past career as an interior decorator as she displays her work in settings with accents of sculpture or antique treasures.

The titles of Lacayo’s paintings reveal her sly sense of humor and not a little bit of irony. After announcing the title of “Adios Gadaffi,” she adds with a grin, “Or Bienvenidos a Fiesta!” When asked about the significance of red shapes attached to one painting, Lacayo says, “I call it ‘Asteroid With a Suitcase.”

Perhaps the star of the show is “Red Carpet,” a powerful statement of her feelings about women’s rights. A phalanx of women and men dressed in brightly colored gowns walk the red carpet under the palm trees, illuminated by the bright lights of Hollywood. Lacayo visited Morocco as a girl of 14, and the plight of the women in the male-dominated society made a deep impression on her as she was just beginning to shape her own sense of womanhood. Although she admits she doesn’t understand the Arabic words painted in the background of “With Respect,” Lacayo shows the depth of her message through the eyes of the veiled woman that dominate the painting, daring you not to look deep into them and into her soul.

Pam Lacayo has lived all over the world, attended boarding school in Washington, D.C., and received a degree in humanities from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She made her home in Hawaii for many years, raising two daughters, before she and her husband, Norman, moved to San Miguel de Allende. It was here that Lacayo became a full-time student of painting after a career in interior decorating. “I don’t see the paintings in a museum,” says Lacayo. “I see them in someone’s house.” Using different mediums to build up the canvas, she gives texture, depth, and direction to her work. She feels that every new painting is an adventure and the painting of it is exciting, fun and a form of meditation. “I paint what I want to paint,” she says. “I never think of what anyone else will think.” Please join us and see if you can figure it out.


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