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Bordello Galería Hosts Closing Reception for Mexican Memories Exhibit



By Misty Hackett

Bordello Galeria, Organos 19, will be hosting a closing event for our favorite Morelian artist, Ruben Morales. The reception will be held this Saturday, March 16, from 6–8pm. Morales will be on hand to greet patrons.

Morales has been a longtime favorite at Casa de la Noche, where his works are featured in many of the guest rooms. Morales has recently endorsed the Bordello Galeria as his primary venue.

Barbara Poole, the exhibit organizer, first became interested in Morales’s work in the nineties, and has since collected many of his oil paintings and line drawings. Morales is now adding acrylics and ink to his works.

His typical Mexican figures and street scenes may seem simple at first, but his use of rich colors and limited, intentional marks reveal a more sophisticated art style.

“I work to create a mood or emotion, not just a picture,” Morales says.

He does this through faceless subjects in everyday situations; a woman selling flowers, an old man walking with a cane, or a girl washing clothes. Emotion is evoked through posture, composition and color which is applied in broad strokes with a pallet knife or brush.

A former student of Morelia’s Bellas Artes school, Morales says he rejected most of that

traditional art education and learned from other painters he met. He works from his memory and imagination, capturing the nostalgia of everyday life in the Mexican campo.

Morales cites Diego Rivera as his favorite influence, but only his subject matter reflects Rivera’s style. While both pay tribute to the common man and woman. Morales’s works are technically looser and more flowing than Rivera’s, and without the political content.

In the past, Morales sold his work in Morelia, in the artisan’s market, and on the streets. He also sold through galleries in Mexican beach locales. He has been noticed by American collectors over the years and has had shows in Tuscon and Phoenix as well as Florida and New York. He has traveled to Uruguay with his paintings, and even won an award in Paris when a piece of his was entered into a competition by a patron.

The Bordello Galeria is the official venue for Morales’s exhibitions. The gallery, so named because of its location inside the former home of the infamous San Miguel de Allende madam, Gloria León, better known as “La Turca.” The building is now a large B&B known as Casa de La Noche.

Please join us this Saturday to meet Ruben Morales and see his latest exhibition, Mexican Memories, and enjoy the hospitality of Casa de la Noche and the Bordello Galería.

For further information visit Casa de la Noche, Organos19, or call 415 152 0732.


Art Closing

Mexican Memories

Work by Ruben Morales

Sat, Mar 16, 6–8pm

Bordello Galeria

Órganos 19 1/2 block off Hernández Macías

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