Taurine art opening in honor of a son of San Miguel at the Mesa Del Matador

By Henry Vermillion

San Miguel has a long and honorable taurine history. Many world famous matadors have fought here in the Plaza Oriente (and, in fact, General Ignacio Allende, the San Miguel-born hero of the fight for Mexican independence was a bullfighter as well). But only one native son has fought in the Plaza Mexico, the world’s largest bullring. He is Jose Tomas Delgado Diosdado (“El Manito”), and a show of taurine art in his honor will begin tonight, July 12, with a reception at 8pm at the Restaurant La Mesa del Matador. The restaurant is on the right going up the Libramento Manuel Zavala just past the Mega store.

Opening of taurine art exhibit
La Mesa del Matador
Fri, Jul 12, 8pm

The Mesa del Matador is owned and operated by Enrique Briones and was founded 30 years ago by his late father, also Enrique. Both father and son were bullfighters.

The artists and photographers who will show are the photographers Donacio Botello and Luis Ceballos, and the painters are Britt Zaist, Henry Vermillion and Juan Antonio Ruiz.

Donacio Botello is a native of Pátzcuaro, Michoacán. He has recorded great ring performances by David and Alejandro Silveti and, most especially, the great and controversial Mexican figure Manolo Martinez. In 2006 he published his book Manolo Martínez—Genio y Figura. He has worked in Spain and his work has been published in all the important taurine magazines. And in 2002 in Querétaro he was severely gored by a bull that leaped from the ring into the alley of the ring.

Luis Caballos is a native sanmiguelense who began his career as a novice bullfighter in 1983. He was a bullfighter for five years; he once shared the bill with Manuel Díaz, the son of the famous Spaniard “El Cordobes.” In 1988, he traded his suit of lights for the life of a photographer, and has found success in taurine, social and art photography.

Juan Antonio Ruiz was a boy who was fascinated with the dramatic paintings of bulls and bullfights he found on tickets and posters. He thought it was wonderful to be able to express the excitement and drama in the ring in art. He grew up absorbing the lore of the world of bulls. Although still young, he has drawn and painted that world for many years. He is now a graphic designer in San Miguel, as well as a painter.

Henry Vermillion and his wife Britt Zaist came to live in San Miguel in 1991. In 1992 they and other painter friends started Galería Izamal on Mesones, next door to the Teatro Ángela Peralta. In 2011, Henry founded Galería Vermillion in the Plaza Colonial downtown at Canal 21. He is a Texan who finished school in Albuquerque, and Britt is a New Yorker who studied at the famous Art Students League in Manhattan. The art and photos will remain until early August.


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