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Art Exhibit at PabLola Studio Reveals Steps on Artists’ Spiritual Journey

Cristian Patlán y Mi Amigo Moshe

Ferdinand Rosa, Steve Ellis, Catherine Rosa y Lola Picó

Lola Picó, Pamela Beltrán, Moritz König y Pablo Gómez

Pablo Gómez, Jorge Af Trolle, Lola Picó, Ernesto Ferrand y Pedro Alvarado

By Karla Ortiz

On November 23, the art studio PabLola introduced two artists’ new works—that of Lola Picó and Juan Pablo Gómez AF Trolle—each of which evokes stories, anecdotes, and important memories for the artists. For one of those artists, Spaniard Lola Picó, it has been the culmination of a long journey in search of fulfillment.

Picó’s grandmother introduced her to art as a child, encouraging her to learn to draw before she ever started painting. So Picó practiced drawing everyday things around her—flowers in vases, water jugs, plates. But the interaction of light and color was Picó’s passion, and so over time, she was drawn to painting. But she needed to make a living, so she studied not to be an fine artist but a makeup artist. At age 23, she began working professionally in Barcelona and Madrid for six years on fashion shoots and shows, doing makeup for portrait photography, television, cinema, and special effects companies.

But by 29, Picó found herself dissatisfied. The life she was leading didn’t make sense to her, she says, and so she moved to an Indian monastery to learn meditation, an experience that transformed her life. For the first time, as she opened doors to a new inner life, she felt her creativity run free.

In 1992, she arrived in México to continue her journey toward a satisfying creative life and in 2004 met Gómez Af Trolle, a plastic artist from Guadalajara whom she eventually married.

Gomez Af Trolle, born to a Mexican father and a Swedish mother, grew up by a mountain in front of Lake Chapala, surrounded throughout his childhood by nature. He studied veterinary medicine and biology before trying art. Then, in 1989, on a trip to Fairhope, Alabama, he discovered his passion for creating sculpture from organic objects found during his beloved nature walks—bones, woods, and seeds.

He eventually moved to San Miguel de Allende and at first began exhibiting more conventional sculptures. But in 2004, when he met Picó, the pair began a journey of the mind, experimenting with different spirituality techniques and shamanic rituals, living and learning from Taoist and Hindu masters and Huichol and Mayan indigenous groups.

This spiritual journey has inspired each of the diverse works presented in this exhibition, which you can visit at the PabLola Gallery, Quebrada 18B.


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