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The Universe in Motion of Frank Robbins


By Laura A. España

The work of the multitalented visual artist—painter, cartoonist, and illustrator—Frank Robbins opens the door to a parallel universe in which time and space are subject to different rules. With a singular mastery, Frank transcends the linear concept of time to create a dimension that encompasses, simultaneously, before and after. As for the use of space, objects are sometimes represented in a succession of images in order to portray reality in motion.

Although in his passion for capturing action and the fleeting nature of the instant, as well as in his use of perspective seen from various angles, one could listen to cubist and futurist echoes, the originality of his work is undeniable.

The creator’s extensive career as a cartoonist and illustrator, and his remarkable skill in depicting the human figure, made it the mainstay of his art. His many themes include beach scenes suggesting the inevitable passing of time, San Miguel ambiances, deep felt anti-war paintings, daily life images, self portraits, and an exciting series of paintings and drawings about bullfighting. With his love for art in general, Robbins turns us into first row spectators of vibrant dance and music shows. Throughout all his work, sensuality and moods are skillfully represented by luminous flashes, spirals, and diagonal lines.

Frank Robbins—born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1917—was a gifted child who achieved recognition from the age of nine. After becoming a recognized artist in the United States, Frank settled in San Miguel de Allende permanently in the mid-1970s to devote himself to his art. He met and married Fran Rowe here and they were together until his death in 1994.

On Saturday, April 7, you are invited to attend the exhibition of his magnificent work at Fuentevilla Art Studio Gallery, Jesús 18, Centro. The reception will take place from 6–9pm. Live music from 7pm on.


Art Opening

Homage posthumous to Frank Robbins

“The Universe in Motion”

Work by Roberto Fuentevilla

Sat, Apr 7, 6–9pm

Fuentevilla Art Studio Gallery

Jesús 18, Centro





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