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A sensitive tribute to artist Enrique Elías Cantú in San Miguel de Allende

By Lucía Olvera Esquinca

The posthumous tribute to M.A. Enrique Elías Cantú, in his fifth death anniversary took place on the eve of St. Michael the Archangel’s celebration, on Saturday, September 28. The event was organized here in San Miguel by Patricio and Margarita Rufin, the artist’s friends and owners of Mexican Art Gallery in Miami. Currently, they are current residents of this town.

Elías Cantú, a creative from Monterrey, was a multidisciplinary artist. He mastered the techniques of painting, printmaking, drawing and photography. He was born in 1946.  Since early age he discovered his passion for graphic expression, especially painting. Despite his family opposition he studied at the Art Workshop in UANL (1963-1965) and later was an outstanding student of the School of Painting , Sculpture and Engraving “La Esmeralda” INBA – SEP (1965-1970 and 1980-1985 ) and the Master of Educational Strategies in Art and Creativity in the Institute Mater , AC (1999-2000). Elias dedicated his life to paint and to form new generations of artists in various regions of Mexico. He died suddenly in 2008.

Mr. Rufin noted that the idea for this posthumous tribute , so far from the homeland of the artist, was to show the contribution of Elias to the plastic, in a society where art is highly valued.

During the tribute, Rufin said: “When a friend leaves us, usually there are left only memories, moments of pleasure and shared affection. But when that friend is an artist, his being is reflected in each of his creations.” Afterwards, he invited his guest to celebrate the artist’s life through contemplating the 12 paintings that were exhibited.

Mr. and Mrs. Rufin thanked the assistance of distinguished personalities from Monterrey, San Miguel and Mexico City like visual artist José Concepción García López (Conce) former student and friend of Elias, the cultural promoter Araceli Arredondo Cepeda, astrologer Mónica García-Diego, Carlos Saldaña, the renowned businessman Mr. Mario Ruiz and Doña Magdalena Uribe.

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