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A “young Old Master,” Artist Raúl Campos Blends Colors and Textures to Create Stories

Raúl Campos

Raúl Campos

By Jade Arroyo

Following a successful opening at Calderoni Gallery, artist Raúl Campos opens a new showing of his work at the September 7 Art Walk in Fábrica la Aurora. His previous exhibit sold over half of its “old Masters” paintings.

A figurative artist, Campos often refers to his paintings as icons, derived from the iconoclast period where perspective and other aspects of hyperrealism weren’t the main goals. In Campos’s paintings, the elegance of his technique comes from the balance of limited colors, textures, and carefully planned details.

His philosophy is the aesthetic representation of nature and humans through stories. Figurative art enhances the beauty of its models and elevates the intellect of the beholder, he believes. The spirit may only be cured through the sense, therefore, the artist is responsible for what he makes others see and learn. Contemporary artists sometimes drift away from this idea.

Campos’s formation as an apprentice began in Querétaro with the well-known Mexican artist Roman Miranda. He dropped out of university to become a full-time painter and then moved to San Miguel de Allende. Art school wasn’t what he expected, but after a long search, he decided to go to the Angel Academy of Art in Florence, where he stayed for three years. His technique developed as did as his passion for figurative art. In 2017, after completing his studies in Italy, he was admitted as an apprentice of painter Odd Nerdrum at the Nerdrum Studio in Norway, where he refined his style and found a voice. He also met and married his wife, Aftur Nerdrum, there.

Living in an isolated community was a crucial experience for Campos. He cultivated his appreciation for music and classical philosophy there. For him, art is meant to raise the human soul; he strives to do so in every brushstroke. He tries to create a demiurgic experience in which painting becomes poetry and reminds our soul where it came from. This idea is often forgotten today, and Campos intends to bring it back.

Seven years after beginning his apprenticeship in Norway, Campos has decided to return to San Miguel and learn from the culture of our country. The reality México offers is a completely different one. The authenticity of the Mexican essence and the mixture of tradition and modernity provides an ideal place for a painter. Circumstances took him to all different kinds of places, but the love and admiration for this place brought him back to thrive and to discover new styles and new messages to spread through his art.

Gallery Calderoni is open Monday thru Friday, 11am–5pm, Sunday 11am–3pm.


Art Opening

Work by Raúl Campos

Sat, Sep 7, 5–7pm

Galeria Calderoni

Art Walk

Fábrica La Aurora


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