Ruben Morales, Mexican Memories - closing

Saturday, March 16, 6-8pm
Bordello Galeria, Organos 19

by Misty Hackett

Ruben Morales - closing reception... Mexican Memories

Bordello Galeria, Organos 19, will be hosting the spring offerings of our favorite Morelian artist, Ruben Morales. The reception will be held this Saturday February 9th from 6 to 8. Morales will be on hand to greet patrons.

Morales has been a long time favorite at Casa de la Noche, where his works are featured in manyof the guest rooms. Morales has recently endorsed the Bordello Galeria as his primary venue.

Barbara Poole, the exhibit organizer, first became interested in Morales's work in the nineties, and has since collected many of his oil paintings and line drawings. Morales is now adding acrylics.

His typical Mexican figures and street scenes may seem simple at first, but his use of rich colors and limited, intentional marks reveal a more sophisticated art style.

Morales, 73, says, "I work to create a mood or emotion, not just a picture" He does this through faceless subjects in everyday situations; a woman selling flowers, an old man walking with a cane or a girl washing clothes. Emotion is evoked through posture, composition and color which is applied in broad strokes with a pallet knife or brush.

A former student of Morelia's Bellas Artes school, Morales says he rejected most of that

traditional art education and learned from other painters he met. He works from his memory and imagination capturing the nostalgia of everyday life in the Mexican compo.

Morales esteems Diego Rivera as his favorite influence, but only his subject matter reflects Rivera's style. While they both pay tribute to the common man and woman. Morales' gestural works are technically looser and more flowing than Rivera's, and without the strident political content.

In the past Morales sold his work in Morelia, in the artisan's market and on the streets, and also through galleries in Mexican Beach locales. He has been noticed by American collectors over the years and has had shows in Tuscon and Phoenix Arizona, Florida and New York. He has also traveled to Uruguay with his paintings, and even won an award in Paris when a piece of his was entered into a competition by a patron.

Now the Bordello Galeria is the official venue for Morales' exhibitions. The gallery, so named because its location in La Turca's famous house where "ladies of the night" once
made their living, takes up several rooms of the large B and B, now known as Casa de la Noche.

Please join us this Saturday to meet Ruben Morales and see his latest exhibition, Mexican Memories, and enjoy the hospitality of Casa de la Noche and the Bordello Galeria.

Extra info: 152-0732

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