Ambos Galeria Presents: Vida y Silencio/Bodegones – January 25th.
Galeria Ambos opens a new show Vida y Silencio/Bodegones on January 25th with the work of five artist printmakers, most of whom live and work in Puerto Vallarta. Marcela Bernal, Nunik Sauret, Zina Sirutis, Ireri Topete, and Petru Voichescu have been leading the printmaking scene here in Vallarta. Printmaking/gravura has always been overtaken in popularity with artists and the public by other media, such as drawing with charcoal, pencil and ink, painting with oils and acrylics, or sculpture. The demanding historically important media greatly challenges the vision and energy as well as steadfastness and determination of the artists. The work of our fifth artist, Nunik Sauret of Mexico City, has won her prizes and awards all over Mexico and the world. She has exhibited in Canada, the United States, Japan, Brazil, England and Japan. The exhibition VIDA Y SILENCIO opens with a reception during the Southside Shuffle, the every other Friday night street party on Basilio Badillo.
Marcela Bernal moved to Puerto Vallarta from Aguascaliente via Guadalajara, where she earned a Bachelor of Interior Design. She also then studied painting, printmaking and sculpture with master teachers in Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, Puerto Vallarta and Colima. Her work is tender and thoughtful, showing her close contact with nature; she shares her emotions, experiences and impressions that life has brought her. She operates a workshop “La Marea” which offers courses in printmaking, ceramics, and drawing to help promote her love of the arts.
Nunik Sauret, prominent printmaker working in Mexico City, began her education at University of Arts in Guanajuato and continued with both Mexican and Japanese maestros of painting and engraving. Her work is mainly luminous abstract visions with illusive forms using a dramatic balance of light and dark. She has a dramatic sense of color, but also works in beguiling tones of gray and black. Her ceramics are finely honed and unique.
Zina Sirutis studied Communication Arts at Pratt Institute and worked as Art Director at agencies in New York and San Francisco. She attended the School of Visual Arts at Parsons in New York and has continued working and learning here in Puerto Vallarta. It is here in Vallarta that she has developed her personal poetic and liberated style while learning different and new media and techniques. Her work relates to the mapping of the land of a new world.
Ireri Topete is a wellspring for creative arts in Puerto Vallarta. She has taught painting and printmaking at the Cuale Cultural Center or years and she founded the Printshop workshop there in 1993 land led it until 2009. She currently directs the graphic arts workshop La Raya. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts at the University of Guadalajar and has studied with master teachers to feed her adventurous art spirit. Her work has an ephemeral aura and she has moved into the new genre of creating artist’s books. With compositional expertise she creates what seem to be abstract works but which include representational depictions of birds, animals, fish, and humans within them. She sneaks into her paintings and gives us Mexico with a heart that looks like a pineapple, people striding across a river, chiles sticking out of a bowl, half a tortilla, then half a tortilla with a tracing of an ancient coin on it. Her work has been part of most prestigious printmaking shows in Mexico and the United States.
Petru Voichescu is another adventurous artist who gets amazing results. He received his degree in Architecture and Stage Designing in his home country, Romania. He moved to Canada and expanded his fields to interior and exhibition designing, where he taught art and design at universities and colleges in Ontario and Quebec. His artistic work is best summarized as an exploration of the sensitivity and ability to react to artistic surfaces, which he believes are not neutral. The artistic surface reflects through all media used by the artist, to accept and mingle with the expressive gestures of the artist. Creating relationships between materials and various techniques (monotype, etching) he strives to arrive at hybrid works of art that have taken form with sagacity and “heureaux hazard” (happy accident). His colorful surfaces., forms, linear gestures, calligraphy and biomorphic signs reveal his vision of human beings with the intensity of their soul, emotional state, and background.
Laura Grace Barrett
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