Juana Cortez and Oscar Solis will be painting in the garden at Galleria Dante on January 27, 28th and 29th.
“The work of artist Juana Cortez represents the reality of the world she knew through her grandmother – a proud member of an indigenous group rich in culture and rituals. Originally from Apatzingan, Michoacan, Cortez began her journey in paint under the teachings of artist Oscar Solis, who as her mentor was the person instrumental in helping her to achieve images filled with intense color. The artistic aim of Cortez’s paintings is to convey the essence of her roots to leave that information for posterity of future generations.”
“The great diversity of themes within the Oscar Solis’ paintings reflects his self taught skills, as well as a need to communicate his emotions in a simple and fascinating way. A native of Apatzingan, Michoacan, Solis began to draw as a child, inspired by the comics that came into his hands. Even at that young age, he was clear that he wanted to devote his life to painting. Today this is his primary way of expression and he continues the creative process believing that more and more people will become familiar with and admire his beautiful art.”
Oscar & Juana, both great artists, like to paint different cultures, but Juana says there is still some competition between them. While Juana depicts the various Mexican cultures in their traditional dress, detailing out the lace and fabrics. Oscar paints everything from horses, birds, still life, nudes, Africans, anything so as not to get bored or trapped with anyone subject. They are such a delightful couple. Anyone who meets them are impressed with their gentle, soft-spoken manners and their incredible talent. Their paintings say it all, so we will say no more – it is better said with photos, truly worth a thousand words.
If you want to meet these talented husband and wife team, they can be found painting in the Garden at Galleria Dante this week: January 27 from 2 to 5pm and January 28th & 29th from 11 till 1 pm and 2 to 5 pm. Basilio Badillo 269. 222-2477.
– Excerpts from interview at Vallarta Lifestyles. Photos of Oscar & Juana courtesy of Monroe V. Davids….