Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Exhibitions by artists Miguel Angel Martin del Campo and Juan Carlos Navarro open at Galleria Dante on Friday, January 22, as part of this week's South Side Shuffle. Stop by Puerto Vallarta's largest and most eclectic art gallery to meet the artists and enjoy complimentary cocktails from 6:00-10:00 pm.
Miguel Angel Martin del Campo
Miguel Angel was born in 1971 in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco. He studied Fine Arts at the Cabaņas Cultural Instituto from 1992 to 1995, and specialized in wood and stone carving courses in 1996. This period marks the beginning of his fascination with color in sculpture.
"During the 10 years I was in Italy I was fortunate to work with many different artists and in many different techniques, including painting, etching, fresco, sculpture and installation. In three-dimensional art, bronze has always been my favored medium. I like to mix bronze with resins, ceramic and other materials. Each creation is the result of the past, present and future. My work revolves mainly around three elements: Metamorphosis, Change and Movement. Nothing is created and destroyed, only transformed."
"I like to use the 4 elements motif in my work. In my bronze sculptures the direction and color of the hair pertains to water, wind, fire and earth. Most of my pieces "move up". This has to do with their own direction as they are looking for the light of the sun. They want to levitate, to leave the reality of the earth, to leave the ground in order to meld with the same space which contains them. Some almost touch the earth and others seem to be levitating or taking off for flight. Most of the art pieces have no arms because they are becoming beings in continual transformation. The hair is light, following in the direction of the light. The light is fire, the heat of the sun and is mythologized in the sun that gives and receives light.
The eyes are closed on the face which is in a deep sleep which is where the impossible can become the possible. My main objective is to provoke in the viewer an instant of light, well-being, a thought... a smile."
Juan Carlos Navarro was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco in 1975. He graduated as an Engineer - Architect. A self-taught painter, he participated in exhibitions as early as 2006.
For the artist, the search is given in the light, in the space, and in the figure, in the balance that gives us his artistic vision, in the landscape that is formed through a discreet and bright language.
In each of the works in this Pictorial Exhibition, Juan Carlos Navarro creates an expressive and aesthetic universe, a visual discourse, a powerful metaphor in which figurative, spiritual, ecological and mystical currents are intertwined.
The paintings refer to a comprehensive and questioning worldview: contemporary life, relationships between human, environment, rhythms of nature and attempts depth passing through the Earth, its existential journey. Its natural are closer to the substance and poetic alchemy, that of the mythological research or historical treatise are hybrid beings, beings of light, in which converge the animal, mineral, vegetable and human, to shudder with their very presence and his reference to a space and time where everything is integrated and linked, where the macrocosm corresponds to the microcosm and vice versa, where everything flows and really communicates its true meaning and significance, as we know with a glance or a beat, where the most important and urgent trip is we do within ourselves: time, space, vitality, where the only important thing is to be.
So, Juan Carlos, made in this artistic project which naturally corresponds to their essence and their innermost dreams: to paint these natural, who have given her limbs and trees in the head, wreaths, bouquets wind light, meetings with imagination, creativity, painting, communion with nature and human sacredness, the world's conscience ...; meetings that he has given this wonderful natural peat, in particular, have given a path, their own way.
This year he has added elements of the sea, to his paintings. He has advanced into other styles of art, from abstract musical to surreal, but he has not exhausted his love of nature and humans in harmony.
Juan Carlos has often painted his wife, and other family members have served as his models. This year he and his lovely wife, Barbara welcomed a beautiful baby girl - possibly his new muse.. You will not be disappointed in his latest works...
Don't miss your chance to meet these talented artists for cocktails at Galleria Dante while you're out doing this week's South Side Shuffle on Friday, February 22 from 6-10 pm.
While you are there, be sure to check out Di Vino Dante, a chic wine and tapas bar overlooking the gallery's sculpture garden that serves creative cuisine and cocktails. Last summer, Di Vino Dante opened a small dining area on the ground floor in a corner of Galleria Dante, for those who like to people watch. This year, they've added lunch service in the garden, daily from 12 pm. Please Note: Di Vino Dante does not take reservations on South Side Shuffle nights.Open Mon-Fri from 10 am to 5 pm and from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturdays, Galleria Dante is located at Basilio Badillo #269 in Puerto Vallarta's Romantic Zone. For more information, click HERE, call (322) 222-2477, or send an email to galleriadante2(at)gmail.com. To see some of the art work on display at the gallery, visit GalleriaDante.com.