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Sixteen Painters in Memorial Exhibit at Dawit/Maldonado Studio

Margarette Dawit

By Ana Quiroz

To observe the first anniversary of José Ignacio Maldonado’s death, his wife (and fellow artist) Margarette Dawit and 14 ex-students are organizing a group show of paintings opening Saturday, January 6, at the Dawit/Maldonado Studio.

Those of us who had the good fortune of knowing José Ignacio Maldonado understand that he was an exceptional human being. Nacho, as we call him, was never an indifferent man. He had a special kind of wisdom and mind. More than living within our reality, he flew above us.

His ideas, brilliant or radical, questioned us. For Maldonado, art crossed all levels, and in his mind, artists don’t create objects that are simply decorative, beautiful, and well-made. His work, like his spirit, reveals to us a living being that transforms itself, tears itself up, and liberates itself—devoid of any possibility of staying the same. For many years, starting in 2000, Nacho was a painting teacher at the Instituto Allende. Fortunately, a Bachelor’s program in visual arts was created there for Mexican students, a program which has since graduated generations of outstanding young artists. After leaving the Instituto, Nacho continued teaching classes until 2006 in the studio he shared with Margarette. Some of their students are today the teachers of new generations of artists.

These teachers formed a school concentrated on the possibilities of representation and on the expressivity of painting through its own formal tools, far from what they saw as the insipid virtuosity of hyperrealist technique. Strength is inherent in the discipline of art: in the lines, strokes, colors, subject matter and in the pictorial process itself—in the surfaces that transmit something more than what is merely visible.

The passionate character of Ignacio Maldonado and Margarette Dawit has left a mark on many disciples. These artists understand painting and art as an irreversible and profound path, one that builds new palpable experiences and new perceptions of what is the visible.

Besides Ignacio Maldonado, the artists participating in this show are: Enrique Guillén, Antonio Chaurand, Gonzalo García, Guillermina Romero Neri, Mark Vazquez-Mackay, Miguel Ángel Garrido, Tania Quezada, Mónica Macías Madrid, Rocío Pérez Vallejo, Romina Domínguez, Mariana Alarcón, Alexis Ríos, Axel Iván Hidalgo Lemarie, Guillermo Guerrero, and Margarette Dawit.

Today I keep seeing new generations of students and creators who observe, comment on, and discuss José Ignacio Maldonado’s work and his way of thinking. Even without the notion of staying, Nacho still hovers over us.


Art Opening

Sixteen Painters

By Margarette Dawit

Sat, Jan 6, 2–5pm

Dawit/Maldonado Studio

Calzada de la Aurora 51




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