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María Ayala’s Paintings

By Elizabeth de Loera

There are many elements in María Ayala’s work that transport us to those moments where memory and reminiscence lie, involving us within a scenery that brings the past and the present together and even more. Her colors dictate her impetus, filling us with thrills and excitement.

March and April
San Francisco 33 (Actinver Banco)

Composition and color are the main aspects in which María centers her searching and exploration, oils being her favorite medium even though she has also made incursions in soft pastel medium and also in charcoal drawing. Her compositions are always taken from reality. Although they are done through a process of decomposing perspective, she renders, at the end, an unreal image that originated from something real.

María breaks with convention by creating a particular way of seeing, by eluding the established perspective and, by the challenge of her strokes, she creates, at the same time, that ludic component with extreme freedom. With her paintings she creates stories which we can live over and over.

There are places and scenes in her paintings subtracted from temporality, in a silent and subtle projection. She is a creator and she moves nimbly, comfortably, opening the door for dreaming. Figurative magic dwells in every one of her paintings, wrapping us up in the universe of time and space.

She builds the visual trajectory of a magic world filled with harmony, going beyond the sensitive side, beyond the intellect, and even to the most private and remote spaces of the soul.

María Ayala, a promise yesterday, a wise reality today, was born and raised in Monterrey, N.L., México, where she graduated in Communication Sciences from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey. She moved to San Miguel de Allende in the ‘80s and took drawing and painting in the Bellas Artes with the artist teacher Arturo Elizondo and later with the known painter Antonio López Vega. In the ‘90s she took classes at the Instituto Allende with artist teacher Martin Kramer, and later with the American Keith Keller, being a part of the school workshop “La Escuela,” a property of Keller’s. María has participated in many collective and several individual exhibitions in San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato.

You can see the show at Actinver Bank, located in San Francisco 33, from 9am-6pm, Monday through Friday.


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