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Casa Europa Reopens with Edgar Soberón Exhibit

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By Margaret Failoni

After extensive restorations, Casa Europa Mexico reopens its galleries with a major exhibition of oil paintings and prints by the distinguished representational artist Edgar Soberón.

The exhibition consists of approximately 25 works, featuring oil paintings and prints that include etchings, lithographs, and monotypes. The works span a period of more than ten years, and several works are on loan from private collections here in Mexico. In Soberón’s work, we see still life painting in its most dramatic yet natural settings. Here everything is essential, never superfluous.

Carefully selected objects are introduced, accompanied by flowers or fruit in the foreground, evoking an almost surreal presentation. Exquisitely rendered motifs appear before imaginative landscapes. On other occasions, the subject is depicted from a bird’s-eye view. These are not purely sensuous tableaus, nor are they meant to be. There is something about these images of nature that is at once majestic and yet vulnerable. One is left with a quiet, calm, almost peaceful feeling of joy after viewing their beauty.

The paintings in particular challenge conventional forms of representation and perception. They seem to exist in a utopian world where time ceases to exist and objects assume a sacred presence, as if displayed on an altar; it is precisely such ideal qualities that make these paintings seem otherworldly. Needless to say, Soberón’s superb drawing skills, color, and composition are part of the secret that achieves such results.

Almost too much beauty—almost. But can there ever be too much beauty? Upon close examination of the prints in this exhibition, it is also evident that Soberón effortlessly masters various printing techniques. However, his is not just the work of a skilled master printer but, once again, the work of a gifted artist. With Soberón’s work, we are left with the desire for more.

Edgar Soberón was born in Cienfuegos, Cuba. He studied on full scholarship at Parsons School of Design in New York, where he later served as a drawing and printmaking instructor. His work can be found in numerous private and public collections in the US and abroad. A painting created for last year’s San Miguel Chamber Music Festival is one of his most recent oeuvres, and posters made from the image will be sold as a fundraiser benefiting the festival.

For more than a decade now, Soberón has lived and worked in San Miguel de Allende. Many of the paintings made during this period are in this exhibition, and the most recent will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the sales will help benefit Casa Europa Mexico and this year’s chamber music festival.

 

Art

Naturaleza y Memoria

Painting and engraving by Edgar Soberón

Cocktail Reception

Thu, Aug 2, 7pm

Casa Europa Mexico

San Francisco 23, Centro

casaeuropamexico.org

 

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