New Santa Ana Café Exhibit Celebrates the Diversity Within Mexican Identity
By Christian Nájera Jiménez
On Saturday, November 16, the exhibit The Eyes of México, a series of large-format portraits, opens at the La Biblioteca in the Café Santa Ana.
Self-taught artist Ana Ragá studied product design at Universidad Iberoamericana and textile design at the School of Design of Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. But, she says, “I have discovered my true vocation is art.”
Ragá’s painting, with obvious Impressionist influences, studies the vagaries of natural light and attaches special importance to the expressiveness of the brushstroke. The intense colors and sculptural textures she uses has taken her work to places such as the Soumaya Museum in México City, Ex Convento del Carmen in Guadalajara, Museo Bicentenario in Dolores Hidalgo. and now to San Miguel de Allende, where the artist currently resides.
In an interweaving of thick brushstrokes, Ragá captures the essence of the people she portrays. The colors mix and multiply, making her brushstrokes as unique as each of her models.
“I want to talk about México through its people. We are in a multicultural country with very different people, and that is what makes it so rich and fascinating,” Ragá says. “When I emphasize the colors on skin, I can express how important it is to recognize our differences as something that enriches us and gives us character.”
Through this exhibit, the 29-year-old artist will share what México is through her eyes.
“I have been collecting faces in different places in México where I have lived, each one with its own history. I tried to find something in common that united them in addition to geography, and I could not. I understood that this diversity is exactly what identified us as a country.”
In the words of the writer José Vasconcelos, “We are the cosmic race, an agglomeration of all races without distinction; they build a new civilization.”
The exhibit will remain in the library until January 4.
The Eyes of México
Work by Ana Ragá
Sat, Nov 16, 5pm
Café Santa Ana
La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A
The exhibit will remain until Jan 4, 2020