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Ruben Morales … The Face of Mexico


By Madam Turca

Bordello Galeria, on Órganos 19, will be hosting the fall offerings of our favorite Morelian artist, Ruben Morales. The reception will be held this Saturday, October 21, from 6 to 8pm. Morales will be on hand to greet patrons.

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 Galeria as his primary venue.

Morales, 70, says, “I work to create a mood 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. Emotion is evoked through posture, composition, and color which is applied in broad strokes with a pallet knife or brush.

This time, though, Morales is trying a twist, and showing the world the other side of his famous workers, to give us the Face of Mexico. Come see for yourself how this accomplished painter takes his next creative step… .

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 and without the strident political content.

Bordello Gallery is so named because its location is in the house where “ladies of the night” once made their living. Exhibition space takes up several rooms of the large B and B, known as Casa de La Noche.

Barbara Poole, the exhibit organizer, first became interested in Morales’s work in the nineties, and has since collected many of his oil paintings, now seen throughout the B and B. These images evoke memories of a simpler time and enhance the experience of Mexican charm so characteristic of Casa de la Noche.

Poole, also a painter herself, uses her spaces at CDLN to promote lesser-known Mexican artists and local sanmiguelesians. The fourteen room Boutique Hotel is filled with art and is a cozy respite for tourists and travelers.

Please come and enjoy our hospitality and art and meet the man who reminds us of our Mexican heart.


Artist Opening Reception

The Face Of Mexico

Work from Ruben Morales

Sat, Oct 21, 6–8pm

Bordello Galeria, Órganos 19

No charge




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