San Miguel artists in the Affordable Art Fair

By Margaret Failoni

The International Affordable Art Fair will be in its second year in Mexico City from October 18 to 20. Starting in 1999, this fair quickly and successfully moved on to open in London Battersea and London central, Paris, Brussels, Hamburg, Maastricht, Milan, Stockholm, Bristol and then Hong Kong, Singapore, Seattle, New York and now in Mexico City, discovering and promoting young talents along the way. Smaller and less expensive works by affirmed artists can also be found, making this an important opportunity for new, beginning collectors as well as a perfect venue for discovering new talent in this expertly curated event. Seventy percent of the participating galleries are from Mexico and 30 percent from abroad. The art works are priced from US$50 to a maximum of US$9,000 (99,000 pesos.)

San Miguel de Allende’s Galería Santiago Corral will be participating with works by four of its artists: Marisa Boullosa will show a series of new mixed media on paper works from her exotic “Paradise” series. For those not yet familiar with her work, Boullosa was the recipient of a prestigious Pollock/Krasner Award and has just recently been one of the awarded artists in the Triennale Grafiki Istanbul prizes. A large body of her work is presently being exhibited in Guanajuato’s Museo del Pueblo.

Santiago Corral will be showing a selection of oils from his superb landscapes, portraits and iPods series.

Rodrigo de la Sierra has created a series of beautiful, small resin sculptures resting on light pads as well as two, new small bronzes of Timo, his ever-successful alter ego. De la Sierra has just recently successfully shown with Rome’s Il Ponte Contemporanea Gallery in Rome, at Mexico City’s MACO fair and most recently in ExpoChicago. From Chicago he flew to New York to receive an honorary mention from the United Nations for his Timo sculpture series honoring the UN’s 30 most important NGO sponsors for their South/South (Africa) campaign.

And last but not least, introducing the new mixed media paintings of Alejandra Mendoza, the gallery’s new and very successful discovery. Her zany and humorous dancing puppets, collaged, stitched and painted in Basquiat-like frenzy look like Alice in Wonderland on LSD.

The Santiago Corral Gallery, located in the Fabrica Aurora in San Miguel de Allende, is offering its friends and clients free passes to visit the fair, so stop by the gallery to pick up the fair’s brochure and your free passes. The gallery’s Fair stand #E2 is located in the Salón Reforma, Avenida Morelos 67, Colonia Juárez, Mexico, DF.

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