Pintura Fresca

By Cati Demme and Guillermo Guerrero

This event is the fusion of cutting edge contemporary painting in a contemporary minimalist architectural setting in a historic colonial estate here in San Miguel.  Condominiums and lofts provide the perfect setting for this exquisite collection of primarily figurative contemporary painting. This historic estate reaches back to colonial times. The house was restored to its original splendor by the famous Mexican bullfighter Pepe Ortìz, and the estate became known as “El Retoño” (or “The Kid”). Later the Peruvian artist Felipe Cossio del Pomar owned the house. He, along with Stirling Dickinson, founded Bellas Artes in 1938, in the building that had been a convent and then a music school before becoming the famous art school. In 1951, Felipe Cossio and Enrique Fernándo Martínez, former governor of Guanajuato, also founded the Instituto Allende, with Stirling Dickinson as director. “El Retoño” has hosted many grand celebrations, and many distinguished representatives of both the political and artistic world have passed through its doors. Architect Carlos Deiner Garibay has now transformed this colonial estate into luxury condominiums and lofts with a contemporary minimalistic style which includes plenty of light, natural materials and tremendous views of the center of San Miguel along with unforgettable sunsets. A sense of privacy and tranquility pervades the grounds, which are beautifully landscaped with lush shrubs and flowering plants. Mature trees grace the elegant pool area, which is surrounded by a sumptuous lawn.

Pintura Fresca
To benefit Grupo Bienestar A.C.
Sat, Apr 12, 2-8pm
Los Arcángeles Luxury Lofts and Condos
Salida a Querétaro 16
Open to the public

This setting now continues the longstanding art tradition, which reawakened this sleepy colonial town in the late 1930s. Interestingly the home of one of the founders of the Instituto Allende is now the venue for artists who have taught, studied (or both) at the Instituto. Established master artists, such as José Ignacio Maldonado, Margarette Dawit, Angelina Pérez Ibargûen, Mario Cabrera and Margarita Orozco have all had a tremendous influence on students of all ages in San Miguel. The 10 young artists whom they have taught and mentored are Miguel Angel Garrido, Franco Lugo, Guillermos Guerrero Arias, Mariana Alarcón, Enrique Gullèn, Guillermo Romero Neri, Saúl Rodríguez Montante, Axel Hidalgo Limaire, Antonio Chaurand, Mónica Macías, Adriana María Castañeda, Alex García Lazard and Carmen Dìaz Kamin. These young artists will astound you with their talent, virtuosity and vision and they raise the bar for artistic excellence in this international artists` haven.

Ten percent of sales during the cocktail reception will go to fund mindfulness programs for local children through ClaraMente/Grupo Bienestar, AC (visit or contact:


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