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An Interview with Sanmiguelense Artist Rodrigo Ayala


By Kathleen B Nicoletti
Rodrigo Ayala was born in Mexico City and moved to San Miguel de Allende in 2013 to study and earn a bachelor’s degree in visual arts. It has been a year since he received his degree and since he has been pursuing his artistic career. He has a small studio in the center of San Miguel, where he paints and exhibits his work.

Could you please express your ideas about creating art and your creative process?

I am a painter, a portraitist of what people are most passionate about, and the secrets they keep hidden. I believe that through this art, these secrets can be revealed. The observation of the physical features of people gives me the possibility to see them as they are, without masks.

When I am painting someone, I seek to capture their essence. I became dissatisfied with focusing on the physique and painting only their appearance. That is why I decided to break academic rules and look for my own way, but still keeping the portrait as my object of interest and continuing to serve creativity. I began changing the colors of the skin, using a limited palette with the primary colors (red, blue, yellow, white, and black).

How do you choose colors?

There are many aspects to my choice of colors. It can be a sunset that moved me so much that I decided to use its colors to paint a face, or the reflection of the sky in a puddle of water, or an abstract painting that evoked visions of a wooded landscape shrouded in fog, or a dream that offered me a host of beautiful colors.

How would you describe your style?

I believe my work is a kind of evolution of Expressionism, with the same values, using the application of strident colors and the deformation of the face, all with the purpose of gaining expressivity. I have always been interested in feeling beyond reason. I think that’s why I identify so much with Expressionism.

Who has influenced you?

Lucian Freud, Vincent Van Gogh, Francis Bacon, Claude Monet, Ryan Hewett, Jenny Saville, Javier Marín.

What inspires you?

Nature, color, people, cities, night, small details, love.

What are you striving for?

I want to become an artist. I still do not believe I have earned the title. I believe I will do it one day—simultaneously sharing my vision of life, which in the end is art, the life vision of the artist embodied in paint on canvas or in a sculpture or in a song. I want to turn my life into art.

The show isn’t over yet! Come to the closing of this exhibit on Saturday, September 8, 4–7pm. Music by Miguel and Karla. Cake by Denise Rosenfeld.Closing Ceremony by Hortensia Delgado


Art Exhibition Closing Ceremony


Sat, Sep 8, 4–7pm

Casa de la Noche

Bordello Gallery

Órganos 19, Centro


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