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México to Mónaco

By Rene Edy

San Miguel is a treasure trove of artists, among them the up-and-coming Andrew Osta, a native of the Ukraine who was raised in Canada.

“México to Mónaco”
By Andrew Osta
Sat, Sep 13, 6-8pm
Bordello Gallery
Órganos 19
Half a block from Hernández Macías

Osta, the flavor of whose work is reminiscent of Marc Chagall, considers himself the inventor of a style called subjective surrealism. “My work is not logical,” he says. “It is not about concepts or ideas. It has to do with order, color, and a positive energy.”

People who are collecting Osta’s work include San Miguel’s long-time resident artist and figure skating champion Toller Cranston. “I own several paintings and I am very thrilled with them,” said Toller. “I derive pleasure every time I see the work.”

Another collector is San Miguel’s former resident and children’s book author Dianna Aston, who discovered Osta’s work shortly before she moved back to the states.

“I fell in love with Andrew’s work the moment I saw it,” Aston said. “It’s full of symbolism. This man, whose beautiful soul shines into his paintings, is going to be famous one day. I tell friends, ‘Get it while it’s affordable.’”

“A painting can act as a mirror that reflects whatever you are going through at the moment,” Osta said. “It can be a tool used to understand yourself. My artwork is positive emotion made physical, an object made of feeling, to which the viewer can return again and again.” Osta believes that art can be imbued with a healing and restorative power.

Intensely creative, he is always experimenting. The new work that will be displayed in the Bordello Gallery (Órganos 19, Saturday, September 13, 6-8pm to October 4) will feature mostly plein air landscapes of Mexico and Europe and whimsical, fun portraits of cats and dogs.

Osta, who is also an author and a songwriter, welcomes visitors to his gallery at 22 Hospicio. Appointments can be made at 152 2471 or 415 1001570. To view his work, visit


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