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Linda Laino: The Artist as Hunter and Thief

Memento Mori Bird

Memento Mori Dancer

by Greg Reitman, Co-Editor San Miguel Sunday Art
       ("Memento Mori" photos credits: Ri Anderson)


R.M. Rilke once pondered whether all art was not simply an act of profound remembrance. As humans, we yearn to elevate our ordinary experiences into something less ordinary, something that has more weight, something we can set to music. As an artist, I am a hunter and a thief, chasing shadows, stealing light. The images I encounter on a daily basis, both in my mind and my "reality" are flashes of color and form, unusual juxtapositions that seem to want to be connected. I attempt to layer images visually as we hear sound in our daily lives.


By Land or Sea


Into Bone

Incongruous sounds enter and exit our space without our consent resulting in a tapestry of song that needs no composer. We encounter the world visually in the same way, but mostly in a blur, unconscious and un-awake. As an artist I try to harness the stillness of this moving picture in an effort to arrest and move the viewer in some way. Art and poetry for me are ways to preserve these flashes, these images, these insights, so that once captured, perhaps my 'remembrance' may become profound for someone else.

Memento Mori Sentries

Memento Mori Path

Memento Mori Starfruit


I fell in love with Mexico when I traveled to various areas over 30 years ago. I first visted San Miguel in the mid 90's by way of my ex-mother-in-law and her husband, both writers, who lived in San Miguel for about 15 years. In 2012, I was offered a job teaching English Language Arts and writing to high school students,and decided to make the move. After six years of teaching, I am now painting and writing full time.

Memento Mori Curled Up


Yui Sakamoto

Elizabeth Watt
Seeing, Creating and Being in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Former New Yorker.

Ri Anderson
Artist, photographer, digital & analogue, teacher, photoshop virtuoso, collage maker, master printer.

Joaquín Piñeiro



Residency in Lama, NM


photo: Ginger Bandoni

Linda Laino is an artist, writer and teacher who has been making art in one form or another for over 40 years. Holding an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, she enjoys playing with words as much as form and color. Since 2012, she has resided in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where the surreal atmosphere and sensuous colors have wormed their way into her paintings. The last few years have found her making art and writing at residencies around the world, most recently in Spain and France. Finding beautiful things on the ground is a favorite pastime. Her art can be seen at Some of her essays and poetry can be found on Sheila-Na-Gig Journal (nominated "Poem At Sixty" for a Pushcart Prize), The New Engagement, Sonder Midwest, Star 82, Life In 10 Minutes, and her blog,


Greg Reitman is the founder of Yo San Miguel Gallery and co-curator of the arts section at Lokkal . He recently moved from Los Angeles to San Miguel with his wife Erica and senior basset hound, Gus.

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