Native son Javier García shows at Galería Izamal

By Henry Vermillion

Two horses oil by Javier García

Most of the many artists who live and work in San Miguel came here from other climes, but the painter Javier Garcia is an important exception. Born and raised here in a well-known family (his father is an engineer and the family has a bed and breakfast in La Aldea), Javier never wanted to be anything other than a painter. He has been a member of the cooperative Galería Izamal for over 10 years, and he will show new and recent work at Izamal starting with a reception for the public on Friday, September 6, from 6 to 8pm. The event is part of the new “First Friday” art walk, in which art galleries, shops and restaurants citywide feature special discounts and events.

The works by Javiér García
Fri, Sep 6, 6-8pm
Galería Izamal
Mesones 80

Though a hometown boy, Javier’s art has taken him to New York, London, Austin and, most importantly, to Rio de Janeiro and other parts of Brazil. He married a Brazilian and has a beautiful young daughter who divides her time (as does Javier) between San Miguel and Rio.

His experiences in life have matured Javier as a painter. His style has always been loose and expressionistic, but his latest work has a new solidity and depth. The San Miguel Parroquia church has forever been an iconic subject for painters, but Javier has been working on a new series featuring the church—some in a very large format—in an impressively solid style. He has grounded many of the recent paintings with a use of black and dark tones to make the images more focused, more disciplined. Another series, which deserves attention, is a set of small format variations on the human face. All are spontaneous and imaginative, full of color and liveliness. His dramatic paintings of horses show his vigorous brushwork and energy.

Galería Izamal has become an art institution in San Miguel since it opened in November of 1992. It has always offered a wide range of styles and the advantage of artist-direct prices. The latest work of the sculptor Raphael Monzies, the jewelers Vanina Landini and Matt Ameika, the printmaker Felipe Gomez (who will open with new work at Galeria Izamal on Friday, September 13), and the painters Juan Ezcurdia, Javier González, Cat Grall, Henry Vermillion, and Britt Zaist will also be available at the opening.


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