Juan Ezcurdia’s Cardboard People Invade Galería Izamal
By Henry Vermillion
For over 15 years, Juan Ezcurdia´s wonderful and whimsical world of dogs on bicycles, elephants on airplanes, chickens, musicians, and many other fantastical creatures have delighted and captivated the art-buying public in San Miguel de Allende. Now, from 6 to 8pm on Saturday, February 13, at Galería Izamal, Juan will introduce his friends and fans to a new dimension of his work, “Cardboard People.” These are large figures in his inimitable style and cut from cardboard. They are painted, scored, pasted, and collaged, and they’re bursting with color and pattern, much more so than the sometimes somber and mysterious figures in his paintings.
Juan Ezcurdia at Galería Izamal
Sat, Feb 13, 6–8pm
Juan joined Gallery Izamal in 1997 after a successful career as a children´s book illustrator. For several years, he has also maintained a studio/gallery at the Fábrica la Aurora art center.
His previous work combines unexpected elements: a woman with flying hair holding hands with a man with the head of a wolf or a sly wolf-man riding a tandem bike with a chicken. The figures are stylized but aren´t childlike; they have a knowing look. They seem to know something we don´t. His new cardboard people are breaking out of their prior restraints. They are more abstract but happier creatures.
Work by other Galeria Izamal artists and jewelers will also be shown. They are Maria Bracho, Steven Cary, Mary Jo Dolle, Roberto Lopez Fuentevilla, Javier Garcia, Cat Grall, Henry Vermillion, and Britt Zaist.