Ruben Morales Opening Night: “Remembering Ourselves”
By Misty Hackett
Bordello Galería, Órganos 19, will host the spring offerings of our favorite Morelian artist, Ruben Morales. A reception will be held this Saturday, February 18, from 6–8pm. Morales will be on hand to greet patrons.
By Rubén Morales
Sat. Feb 18, 6–8pm
Morales is a longtime favorite at Casa de la Noche, where his works are featured in many of the rooms. Recently, he has endorsed the Bordello Galeria as his primary venue.
Barbara Poole, the exhibit organizer, first became interested in Morales’ work in the nineties and has since collected many of his oil paintings and line drawings. His typical Mexican figures and street scenes may seem simple at first, but his rich use of colors and limited, intentional marks reveal a more sophisticated art style.
Morales, says, “I work to create a mood or emotion, not just a picture.” He does this with faceless subjects in everyday situations: a woman selling flowers, an old man walking with a cane, or a girl washing clothes. Emotion is evoked through posture, composition, and colors which are applied in broad strokes with a pallet knife or brush.
A former student of Morelia’s Bellas Artes School, Morales says he rejects most of the traditional art education and learned from other painters he met. He works from 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 and without the strident political content.
In the past, Morales sold his work in Morelia, in the artisan’s market, on the street, and also through galleries in Mexican beach locales. He has been noticed by American collectors over the years and has shown in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona; Florida; and New York. He has traveled to Uruguay with his paintings, and won a French Painters award after an artwork of his was entered into a competition by a patron. Now, the Bodello Galeria is the official venue for Morales’ exhibitions.
Bordello Galeria, so named because of its former use as a house where “ladies of the night” made their living, takes up several rooms of the large B&B, known as Casa de la Noche.
Barbara Poole, its owner and a painter herself, uses her space to promote lesser-known Mexican artists and local San Migualesians. The fourteen room “Hotel Boutique” is filled with art and is a cozy respite for tourists and travelers.
The White Lantern Event Salon will be open in conjunction with this reception. Please come and enjoy our hospitality and art.