Calaveras in September: Felipe López shows at Galería Izamal

By Henry Vermillion

For most Americans, the celebration of the Day of the Dead is quaint and colorful, but a bit difficult to take seriously. We think of ourselves as life affirming, positive, and forward thinking. Of course, our forward thinking extends only through our golden retirement years, and not beyond. Unless we are religious, we are not much for mythologies about death.

Fri, Sep 13, 6-8pm
Galería Izamal
Mesones 80

Mexicans are different. Just as most Mexicans are a mixture of Spanish and pre-Hispanic peoples, their beliefs from both cultures are intermixed and still retain their force, even in this modern age. A strong argument can certainly be made for the humanizing force of myths, as opposed to the sort of rationality which reveres computers, I-phones and the latest apps.

Felipe Lopez is a talented young printmaker and painter whose work follows in the tradition of Posada, Leopoldo Méndez and other great Mexican printmakers. His work will be featured in a show opening from 6 to 8pm on Friday, September 13 (an apt day for calavera images) at Galería Izamal at Mesones 80 in downtown San Miguel.

Lopez was born and raised in San Miguel de Allende. He studied in Queretaro, Jalapa, Veracruz and Salamanca, among other places. While at the graphics center of the state Centro de las Artes in Salamanca, he was part of a team who executed a monumental 8 by 26 foot wood print mural on pre-Hispanic themes. In Jalapa, he studied with Per Andersson, the well-known Swedish printmaker. His work has been published in several national magazines, and he currently teaches at the new University of San Miguel, located off the road to Dr. Mora.

The work of the other Galería Izamal members will also be displayed. They are the sculptor Raphael Monzies, the jeweler Vanina Landini, and the painters Juan Ezcurdia, Javier Garcia, Cat Grall, Henry Vermillion and Britt Zaist.

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