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Rubén Morales new work … new look

By Misty Haskett

Bordello Galería will be hosting a new exhibition featuring the paintings of Morelian artist Ruben Morales. The reception will be held this Saturday, August 3, from 6 to 8pm.

Art exhibit
Ruben Morales, “New Work, New Look”
Sat Aug 3, 6-8pm
Bordello Galería
1/2 block off Hernández Macías

Morales has been a long-time favorite at Casa de la Noche, where his works are featured in many of the guesthouse rooms. This opening will include different work, as Morales promises a bit of a new look to his paintings. We will all be surprised.

Barbara Poole, the exhibit organizer, first became interested in Morales’ work in the 1990s and has since collected many of his oil paintings. His renderings of typical Mexican figures and street scenes may seem simple at first, but his use of rich colors and light make these seemingly naïve paintings reveal a more complex and intentional piece of art.

Morales, 67, says, “I try to create a feeling or emotion, not just a picture.” 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 through posture, composition and color, which is applied in broad strokes with a palette knife or brush.

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

Morales esteems Diego Rivera as his favorite influence, but only his subject matter reflects Rivera’s style; they both pay tribute to the common man and woman. Morales’ gestural works are technically looser and more flowing than Rivera’s.

He sells his work in Morelia, in the artisan’s market and on the streets, and also through galleries in Mexican beach locales, but has been noticed by American collectors and has had shows in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, Florida and New York. He has also traveled to Uruguay with his paintings, and won a French painters’ award when a piece of his was entered into a competition by a patron.

Bordello Galería, so named because its location is in the house where “ladies of the night” once made their living, takes one room of the large guesthouse, Casa de La Noche.

Barbara Poole, owner of the house and a painter herself, uses her space to promote lesser-known Mexican artists and local sanmiguelenses. The 13-room guesthouse is filled with art and is a cozy respite for tourists and travelers.

A new patio exhibition area is opening in conjunction with this reception. Please come and enjoy our hospitality and art.


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