Painted Messages: Mixed Media Work by Linda Laino

By David Shea

Linda Laino on Rinconada, photod ny Jonh Leylan

Artist Linda Laino gathers the ideas for her artwork as a miner digs ore, slowly and carefully, digging under the imagined layers of her life with a subtle patience and untamed creative understanding that leaves one in awe. A native of the US, she lived most of her years in Richmond, Virginia, a city steeped in tradition and elegance. She now calls San Miguel de Allende, where she teaches and makes art, her current home. “I love this city, its vibrant streets, the architectural beauty of its buildings, and most of all, the rich cultural heritage of its people. Every day I find inspiration and imagination alive in the amazing and colorful details.”

Mixed Media Paintings and Jewelry
By Linda Laino
Sun, Sep 14, 4-6pm
Provecho Restaurant
Ancha de San Antonio 10

Deciding to be an artist at an early age, Laino has been honing her craft for nearly 40  years. A successful artist, of amazing breadth and experience, she creates small complex paintings that defy simple explanation. Part of her current work, a series of paintings, based on the ancient principles of mandalas and meditation, has allowed her to explore the inner workings of contemplative beauty. These paintings beg to be stared at for hours, to be enjoyed for their complex richness of design and the skill exhibited in their painted surfaces and inspiring execution. Her most recent works, two large-scale murals, gracing the walls of la Rinconada de la Aldea in the heart of San Miguel, invite fellow mystics, to stumble upon her painted mandalas and stop for a quiet bit of reflective meditation, in the heart of this ancient city.

Everything about Laino’s art demands attention—from the curious objects she renders in stunning detail, to the smallest minutiae of her paintings. Her palate is soaked in the brilliant colors of the Mexican sky, reflected in the sun-drenched walls surrounding her studio and the rough cobbled streets she walks everyday.

In addition to being a talented painter, Linda Laino recently began making jewelry, transforming her artwork into a stunning collection of small jewel-like paintings, surrounded by simple silver frames, which can be worn. “My jewelry echoes the small intimate details found in my paintings and my life; details that gain importance when taken out of context and worn every day.”

Linda Laino is definitely an artist who considers all aspects of the art world. From painting large spiritual statements made to grace barren walls or producing small paintings of cherished organic visions, coded messages that leave the viewer wondering what she sees in life that we don’t. All I really understand is that she is an exciting artist, rich in talent, who transcends all cultures and all occasions.


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