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Remembering Ourselves

By Misty Haskett

Bordello Galería will host the fall offerings of our favorite Morelian artist, Ruben Morales. The reception will be held this Saturday, October 22, from 6 to 8pm. Morales will be on hand to greet patrons.

“Remembering Ourselves”
By Rubén Morales
Sat, Oct 22, 6–8pm
Bordello Galería
Órganos 19, 1/2 block off Hernández Macías
No charge

Morales has been a long-time favorite at Casa de la Noche, where his works are featured in many of the rooms. Morales has recently endorsed the Bordello Galería as his primary venue.

Barbara Poole, the exhibit organizer, first became interested in Morales’s work in the ’90s 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 rich colors and intentional marks reveal a more sophisticated art style.

Morales, age 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 evoked through posture, composition, and color, which are applied in broad strokes with a pallet knife or brush.

A former student of Morelia’s Bellas Artes School, Morales says he rejected most of the traditional art education and learned from other painters he met. He works from his memory and imagination, capturing the nostalgia of everyday life in the Mexican campo.

Morales esteems Diego Rivera as his favorite influence, but only his subject matter reflects Rivera’s style.They both pay tribute to the common man and woman. Morales’ gestural works are technically looser and more flowing than Rivera’s.

In the past, Morales sold his work in the artisan’s market and on the streets in Morelia and also through galleries in Mexican beach locales. He has been noticed by American collectors over the years and has had shows in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, and Florida and New York. He has also traveled to Uruguay with his paintings and won a French Painters award when a patron entered a piece of his into a competition. Now the Bordello Galeria is the official venue for Morales’ exhibitions.

Bordello Galeria, so named because of 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.

Barbara Poole, owner of CDLN and a painter herself, uses her spaces to promote lesser known Mexican artists and local Sanmiguelenses. The 14-room “Hotel Boutique” is filled with art and is a cozy respite for tourists and travelers.

Please join us Saturday evening and enjoy our hospitality and art.


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