Ruben Morales Opening Night…Remembering Ourselves

By Misty Hackett

Bordello Galería is hosting the fall offerings of the Morelian artist Ruben Morales. The artist will be on hand to greet patrons.

Ruben Morales…Remembering Ourselves
Sat, Oct 18, 6-8pm
Bordello Galería
1/2 block off Hernández Macías
No charge

Morales has been a long-time favorite at Casa de la Noche, where his works are featured in many of the rooms. Morales has recently endorsed the Bordello Galería as his primary venue.

Barbara Poole, the exhibit organizer, first became interested in Morales’ work in the 1990s and has since collected many of his oil paintings. His typical Mexican figures and street scenes may seem simple at first, but his use of rich colors and intentional marks reveal a more sophisticated art style.

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 the nostalgia of everyday life in the Mexican campo.

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 painter’s award when a piece of his was entered into a competition by a patron. Now the Bordello Galería is the official venue for Morales’ exhibitions.

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 B and B, known as Casa de La Noche (CDLN).

Barbara Poole, owner of CDLN and a painter herself, uses her spaces to promote lesser-known Mexican artists and local sanmiguelenses. The 14-room boutique hotel is filled with art and is a cozy respite for tourists and travelers.

The new White Lantern Event Salon is opening in conjunction with this reception. Please come and enjoy our hospitality and art.


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