By Isabel Pascacio

To begin its upcoming season of events, El Zaguán Bed&Art will present a series of paintings that form “Andanzas.” These oils and pastels in different formats transport us to spaces that invite our imagination to create a story.  María Ayala, setting aside the human presence, builds the objects a world of their own. While being behind the mirror, the artist invites us to be a part oacef the creation of the story of the elements that are represented in her paintings.

Oils and pastels
Thu, Feb 12, 7pm
El Zaguán Gallery
Zacateros 12

She takes us through places that, because of the passing of time, haven’t been appreciated, or were forgotten or ignored by the human eye: the altar with the unlit candle, the hairy broom, the bifurcated stairs, the ornament relegated to a corner where nobody notices it, the tilted painting on the wall, the neglected doll or saint, the crooked window…everything seems to have been paused in time, or, on the contrary, to coexist in a universe parallel to ours. Composition and color are the main aspects in which Maria centers her interest, and through a process of decomposing perspective, we find at the end an unreal image that was originated as something that really exists.

Ayala was born and raised in Monterrey, where she studied Ciencias de la Comunicación at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. After moving to San Miguel de Allende, she joined The Athanor, a theater group in which the experience of participating in plays in Mexican communities alienated from artistic activity inspired her to tell stories, which is one of her passions. Finding in art the means to do so, she took drawing and painting courses at the Instituto Cultural “El Nigromante” with professors Arturo Elizondo and Antonio Lopez Vega, joining later “La Escuela,” an art school founded by local painter Keith Keller. It is clear that her passion for literature and her theater facet translates to her pictorial activity. Ayala has found in her work a style of her own. To accomplish the richness of color in her paintings she uses oils and pastels.

The exhibit’s opening includes a cocktail and live music on Thursday, February 12, starting at 7pm. El Zaguán Bed&Art has a habit of combining both art and good food, so prior to the opening there will be a three course dinner with the artist’s favorite Mexican dishes. Attendance will require a previous reservation. Let’s tell a new story together! For more information and reservations:, 415 125 4183, Zacateros 12.


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