Meet the Artist, Watch Him Paint - opening

Friday, January 27, 3:30-6pm
Bordello Galeria, located at Organos 19
free

Efren Gonzalez - Meet the Artist, Watch Him Paint!

Observe the total development of a painting by master painter, Efren Gonzalez, at the UpperTerrace patio of Casa de la Noche this coming Friday, Jan 27.

Gonzalez will transform a blank canvas to a complete painting using oil painting technique during a live demo January 27, 3:30 - 6:00 pm. Also on display will be his original art and the art of his students.

This event culminates in a weeklong oil painting class offered at Casa de la Noche.

Efren Gonzalez resides in Ajijic, his birthplace, with his family in a home he built entirely from the sales of his paintings. For years he struggled with the dream of living and supporting his family from his art. Born in 1972, this impassioned local talent started experimenting as soon as he could hold a pencil. He grew up in Ajijic, winning local and regional competitions at an early age. Efren started out studying architecture and the Plastic Arts but soon found he didn't have the patience for either. After working in a variety of jobs while always painting, Efren was offered a small grant to study Art at a small college in Maryland. He stayed a year and made the most of this opportunity by personally viewing many great works only previously seen in books.

A prodigious painter in all media; watercolor, oil, pastel and acrylic, he continues to hone his skills by taking classes from other painting masters with oil and watercolor being his preferred medium. His paintings are intensely alive, full of color and meaning and they give great insight into Mexico. His paintings depict everyday life capturing all the colors and people of his beloved Mexico. He is equally well known as a muralist having completed his first intricate mural in the 90's for his hometown of Ajijic. He also teaches painting workshops in many locales throughout Mexico and has had his work permanently exhibited in Puerto Vallarta. He has recently traveled to the United States, Canada, Spain, Portugal, Greece and France painting, teaching and exhibiting his work.

In addition to his demo, offered with no charge, Efren will be displaying paintings for sale and will donate a proportion of all sales to local charities.

An exhibit of his work and his student's work will be held at the Bordello Galeria, Casa de la Noche at 3:30 PM, on Friday, January 27. This one day event will be held in the upper terrace of the Bordello Galeria, located at Organos 19, ½ block off Hernandez Macias.

Please join us, and see a master at work!

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