Rubén Morales closing night…new works in the new year

By Allison Perse

Bordello Galeria, Órganos 19, will be hosting the closing party of the first 2014 exhibition for Rubén Morales featuring the paintings of Morelian artist Rubén Morales. The reception will be held this Saturday March 29 from 6-8pm. Morales will be on hand to greet patrons.

Closing Reception
Rubén Morales…New Work, New Look
Sat, Mar 29, 6-8pm
Bordello Galeria
Órganos 19
1/2 block off Hernández Macías


Morales has been a longtime favorite at Casa de la Noche, where his works are featured in many of the guesthouse rooms.

Barbara Poole, the exhibit organizer, first became interested in Morales’ work in the ‘90s 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, 68, 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 pallet 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.

In the past Morales sold his work in Morelia, in the artisan’s market and on the streets, and also through galleries in Mexican beach locales. He has been noticed by American collectors over the years 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 painting award when a patron entered a piece of his into a competition. Now Morales has asked Bordello Galeria to be his official venue.

Bordello Galeria, so named because its location in the house where “ladies of the night” once made their living, takes several rooms 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 14-room guest house is filled with art and is a cozy respite for tourists and travelers.

As a special treat this weekend for painters, Morales will be demonstrating his technique Saturday and Sunday at the Studio Workshop at the Casa de la Noche B&B. Please call ahead if interested for time and details. This event will be in Spanish with a translator and attendance is limited to 12 a day. Cost is 500 pesos in advance. Please come and enjoy our hospitality and art.


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