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Ruben Morales’s “Memories of Mexico”

By Ninfa Cuervo

Bordello Galería, Órganos 19, will be hosting the fall offerings of the Morelian artist, Ruben Morales. The reception will be held this Saturday, October 24, from 6 to 8pm. Morales will be on hand to greet patrons.

“Memories of Mexico”
Ruben Morales
Sat, Oct 24, 6-8pm
Bordello Gallery
Órganos 19, 1/2 block off Hernández Macias
152 0732
No charge

For a long time Morales has been one of the favorite artists at Casa de la Noche, where his works enliven many of the rooms. Morales has recently endorsed the Bordello Galeria as his primary venue.

Barbara Poole, the exhibit organizer, first became interested in Morales’s 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 color reveals a sophisticated art style.

Morales, 69, 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 slightly nostalgic and sentimental, aided by the posture of the figure, the composition, and the broad strokes of color. Morales works from memory and imagination to portray everyday life in the Mexican campo. Morales has great esteem for Diego Rivera, his most important influence.

Bordello Galeria, so named due to its location in the house where “ladies of the night” once made their living, takes several rooms of the large B&B, known as Casa de la Noche. The owner is a painter herself, as well as an art collector and a patron of the arts.

The 14-room boutique hotel is filled with art and is a cozy respite for tourists and travelers. Please come and enjoy our hospitality and art!


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