Rodolfo Camacho: Dreams and Metaphors

By Margaret Failoni

On a sunny day in Valle de Bravo I discovered Rodolfo Camacho. Walking through the quaint winding streets of Valle, three large paintings exhibited behind large plate glass windows brought a mysterious forest into this urban setting. The paintings were large, very large, making the trees almost alive and life-like, except that they were painted in negative. That is to say, pale, silvery trees against a dark, stark sky; white branches painted against a silvery backdrop.

Rodolfo Camacho: Dreams and Metaphors
Galería Santiago Corral
Fri, Jul 4, 5-8pm
Fábrica La Aurora

They were mysterious indeed, a bit disquieting and absolutely stunning. Rodolfo Camacho is a self-taught artist with a background in design who, after learning to use the techniques of encaustic, resins, acrylics, etc., left the design world to dedicate himself solely to painting. The move has proven to be successful; with a group of diligent and enamored collectors, the artist has had several museum exhibitions in Mexico City and in several cities in the State of Mexico.

Born in Mexico City, it was perhaps the move to Valle de Bravo and the full immersion into that area’s evergreen forests that induced the artist to delve into landscape painting, a move he has never regretted. Whatever the reason, Camacho has become a master in this genre.

He has, much like most contemporary painters, delved in abstract painting and occasionally goes back to it almost as an exercise, but figurative painting is his preference. One cannot place him in the niche of realist paintings. Indeed, the way he chooses to interpret nature enters into the world of a quasi-surreal nature. The woods are like enchanted forests. It’s almost as if the artist has purposely chosen to depict a scene of quiet isolation. In gazing long enough at the paintings, one feels a strange isolation, as if floating instead of walking, total silence, almost a chill. What is he trying to tell us? Why lift this little island of nature out of the present and into a world of dreams, of supposition? The feeling of peace is present; all very zen-like. Only his strong black and white forests bring us back to the present.

The Santiago Corral Gallery seems to have a gift in finding and bringing to San Miguel artists of such excellence.

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