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Mai Onno: “Primordial Vision” at Carral Espacio, Fábrica la Aurora

By Marilo Carral

Cati Demme writes of Mai Onno’s recent work, “These are not merely paint on canvas; they are doorways, entrances, to a discrete yet universal vision which exist in its own dimension … Primordial form, sweeping gesture, sagacious, dancing line … redolent color: oozing red, bubbling effervescent green, luminous liquid yellow, rising blue and black, pure as bituminous coal and deep as a sentinel rising from the earth’s core having the final say. Others try to achieve what is done here, but it is simply beyond their reach and comprehension, as to exactly what this achievement has actually entailed: the entire process, the total immersion, in both the depths and the heights, the willingness to be as indefatigable as Phoenix Rising, once again renewed, undefeated, and raising its ashen wings to the rising blue.”

Mai Onno
Sat, Oct 31, 5-7pm
Carral Espacio
Fábrica la Aurora

Mai Onno was born in Estonia in 1934 and has lived in Mexico since 1957. She studied at HB Beal Technical School in London, Canada. She had a scholarship from 1957 to 1960 from Institute Allende, Gto. From 1962 to 1964 she studied in Rome and Olivano Romano, Italy. Onno traveled in Europe and made study trips to the United States and Canada, returning to Mexico in 1970 where she continued to paint and to teach at Bellas Artes and in private classes.

She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions and individual shows. Among her individual exhibitions are:

2015 Centro Cultural “El Nigromante” INBA, San Miguel de Allende

1975-1996 Centro Cultural “El Nigromante” INBA, San Miguel de Allende

Museo de Arte Moderno, México DF

Museo Arte Carrillo Gil, México DF

Museo Biblioteca Pape, Monclova, Coahuila

Enero de 1999 en la Universidad de Guanajuato, Gto

She had the FONCA grant, from the State of Guanajuato, 1998-1999.

“Primordial Vision” paintings by Mai Onno will be featured at Carral Espacio for the Fábrica la Aurora Art Walk on Saturday, October 31, from 5 to7 pm.


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