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Three prominent Mexican artists will convene on Friday, Oct. 28 to participate in the first edition of Emerging Art from Mexico, an exhibit that will take place at the Art Legacy Showroom located at 1175 W. Bitters Rd.
The 6:30-8:30 p.m. event is organized by the newly founded AEM Cultural Committee, in partnership with Opera San Antonio and Art Legacy. The celebration will include refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit Opera San Antonio.
Garagarza, who was born in Mexico City in 1971, studied architecture in Mexico and took art courses in Italy and France. From a very young age he possessed an innate desire to transform cardboard, wood, and various other materials into three-dimensional figures. Later he delved into sculpture and architecture and worked as an exhibit designer at the renowned Museo Nacional de San Carlos in Mexico City after college.
During his tenure at the museum, Garagarza received a scholarship to the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic to study a museology course.
“I like to modify the scale and use of simple objects such as toy jacks,” Garagarza stated in a press release. “I enjoy being able to relate to these forms which have been modified in a way in which they will no longer be used as toys, but as larger figures that will be observed and that will influence our experience – objects that will occupy space, generate shadows, and perhaps remind us of an everlasting childhood.”
Pérez-Rul, who was born in Mexico City in 1983, focuses on artwork that generates introspection from a post-humanist perspective. He fuses scientific research, technology, and empirical work through technological, electronic mediums and physical and chemical processes.
The artist explores the relationship between energy, matter, and consciousness through the use of sculpture, installations, and different types of technology. His goal is to promote the art of energy by generating energy processing systems.
Pérez-Rul has shown his work in Mexico in places such as Salón ACME, Museo de la Ciudad de México, Galería Karen Huber, Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, and more. Internationally, he has been featured in the Crossing the Border Festival and the Young Art Festival which take place in the Netherlands, as well as other shows in Germany and Korea.
Rodríguez was born in 1976 in the city of Torreon in Coahuila, Mexico and studied graphic design at La Salle University in Gomez Palacio, Durango. In addition, he studied illustration and animation at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Rodríguez is one of the artists commissioned by the AEM Cultural Committee to paint one of the Spanish-colonial Missions during San Antonio’s Tricentennial celebrations in 2018.
His first exhibition, Reflejo de los Sueños, took place in his hometown in 2010. In 2012, he moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco to organize several exhibitions with other artists and then returned to his hometown in 2014. Throughout the last six years, Rodríguez has participated in individual and collective exhibitions in several Mexican cities and other cities abroad such as New York, London, and San Antonio.
“With the use of bright colors, geometric shapes, and lines I create fantastical abstract imagery,” Rodríguez stated in a press release. “In most of my work I represent the human form and tell a story. Some are tales I have heard, be it from my family or friends, others are from my own experiences and memories of my childhood.”