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    A Village Dreams: Paintings by Jose Guadalupe Guadiana

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    October 1 - October 17, 2015

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    A Village Dreams: Paintings by Jose Guadalupe Guadiana

    A Village Dreams: Paintings by Jose Guadalupe Guadiana, curated by Kent Rush, represents a small selection of the most intriguing, compelling, and beautiful of the late artist’s paintings. The works selected are oil on canvas paintings made in the United States from the 90’s and early 2000’s.  Modest in scale, they represent Guadiana’s change in style—a unique, subtle, and compelling body of colorful, folk-figurative work—recounting compelling and endearing stories of the inhabitants of a village lost in the rapture of their dreams. The type of theme fits into the realm of Latin American Magical Realism, yet is authentic, sincere and expressive—a style that is his alone—a true gift left to us by the artist.

    Guadiana was known to most San Antonio artists and curators upon his arrival in 1966, having been a member of the local group of Hispanic artists called “La Palomilla,” which included Jesse Almazán, Jesús Cantú, José Esquivel, Alberto Mijangos, and Armando Sánchez. His fanciful stone, bas-relief wall mural titled Students, still stands proudly on the north face of UTSA’s Downtown Frio Street Building. By the time of his arrival, Guadiana was already an accomplished artist, having studied in Mexico City’s famous art school, La Esmeralda. He also assisted Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siquieros on mural commissions, as well as Federico Cantú on large-scale bas-relief public sculptures. In an era where much painting is strategized, mannerist, clever and cynical, this exhibition is an attempt to inform the public about Guadiana’s desire to leave behind the grand notion of art to pursue a more individual and intimate imagery and style. 


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    136 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204
    San Antonio, Texas 78204

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