Galería Atotonilco Presents Internationally Acclaimed Artist Gustavo Pérez
By Susan Page
Gustavo Pérez stands alone as the only Mexican ceramic artist who is internationally celebrated and admired. His work is exhibited in fine galleries in Tokyo, Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles, and now, San Miguel de Allende. The current exhibition at the gallery presents more that 60 vessels and sculptures by Pérez, the largest collection of his work that has ever been exhibited for sale. It represents work that Pérez created over a period of 20 years, from the mid-90s to the present. We have an extraordinary opportunity, right here in San Miguel, to view a rich and varied selection of his highly sought-after work.
Fri and Sat, Feb 19 and 20, 12-5pm
Directions to the gallery in our ad in this issue
Many ceramic artists emphasize either form or surface design in their creations. One of the distinctive qualities of Pérez’s work is that he is a genius at integrating his fluid forms with innovative surface designs so that the two work together to create breathtaking beauty. His pieces combine elegance and precision with a relaxed freedom from convention, a combination difficult to achieve.
Art critics have been without qualification in praising Pérez’s work. For example, Mexican writer and recipient of the Cervantes Prize, Sergio Pitol, says of Pérez’s work, “[It] is . . . charged with passion, discipline, and jubilation . . . ‘It appears as something perfectly natural, created effortlessly, like Brancusi’s sculptures.” Collector Frank Lloyd says, “Pérez is a major and distinctive voice in the world of contemporary ceramics . . . (He) presents clarity of vision, adept execution, and a sense of grace and natural elegance.”
About the Gallery
Galería Atotonilco is Trip Advisor’s #1 shopping destination in all of San Miguel. Many visitors call it the highlight of their entire visit. It is located five miles north of town in a much published, architecturally interesting building on eight lush acres. In 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, the gallery shows a wide variety of high-quality folk art from many parts of Mexico, country antique furniture, vintage photographs of Mexico, decorative blown glass, and a large collection of textiles including vintage serapes and huipiles. The Gustavo Pérez show takes up only one portion of the large gallery.
Everyone is invited to the gallery open house Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20, from 12pm–5pm both days. Refreshments will be served. For directions to the gallery, see the gallery’s ad in this issue or go to www.folkartsanmiguel.com. Except for this open house, the gallery is open by appointment. 185 2225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.