Art Tour San miguel de allende

We will take you to art studios and galleries in San Miguel de Allende to meet the artists and get to find out their artistic process

Miguel Canseco

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Miguel Canseco is a painter, printmaker, psychologist and Tarot reader. His approach to art is based on traditional religious symbols, old alchemy illustrations and Tarot cards in a unique mix of fantasy and esoteric meanings. A visit to Miguel´s studio is a journey into the world of ancient magical traditions, with collective or individual Tarot readings and above all, with the artist´s friendly disposition to share his knowledge and unique view of the deep relation between the artistic expression and human emotions.

Ana Cornejo y Heinz Künzli

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The expression of transformation, morphology in painting, birth and death, participated in the intuitive work of Heinz Künzli and ana Cornejo. All his work is a reflection of the natural processes of life and a tracking of the materials that will be used, as the technique in the process of his art. The love and dedication that inspires them to handle natural materials with their own life, such as: pigments, marble flour, earth, oils, dammar, glue for bones, wax, soft limestone, quark and more, creates a close relationship between the artist, the earth and nature.

Again and again I am attracted by this contact that feeds my soul and my inspiration. Upon entering this exciting world, more than fifteen years ago, I began to collect pigments and collected samples from all the places I visited. Exceptional teachers and great friends introduced me to painting. As a self-taught person, I like to experiment with all kinds of materials. Together with my wonderful wife, Ana Cornejo, we always discover new forms of artistic expression. What started as a hobby became a passion. "

As a child, in addition to rods, bushes and flowers, which gave me great pleasure, strolling through those fields Cuzquenos of my childhood, I also took home other things that almost pleased me more because they did not lose color or consistency as quickly as plants, and They were all kinds of stones and objects that I saw on the ground, that awakened my imagination and creativity.

Ferdinand Rosa

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My career as an artist began with painting watercolors on location on the rocky coast of Maine in the late 1970’s. Over the years my work became increasingly more abstract. This opened up unlimited possibilities for future interpretations in paint. My work became increasingly concerned about color and I stopped working outdoors on location and moved into the studio.

In 2007 while in residency in Taos, New Mexico, my work made a significant shift to a more controlled hard edged geometry which led me down the path of non-objective abstraction.

Today, I draw inspiration from the rich culture and beauty of my home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. My most recent works feature hard edge lines, shape and a bold restricted color palette.

Ezshwan Winding

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Ezshwan Winding is a classically trained artist who has been working professionally for over 60 years. She moves easily from figurative to abstract painting. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is in the collections of museums, universities, celebrities, and corporations.She lived in Europe for years and traveled extensively with her late husband, a well know jazz musician. These travels experiences to other cultures continue to inspire  her.

 20 years ago Ezshwan discovered the ancient medium of encaustic. She became excited about the sensuality and diversity of the medium. She has worked in and taught this technique for many years in San Miguel de Allende. A few years ago she added online workshops of advanced encaustic techniques.

Encaustic can be  laborious and magical at the same time. Ezshwan paints the liquid, hot colors with brushes and fuses each layer with the flame of a gas torch. The fluidity of the encaustic medium is exhilarating and freeing. She opens her senses to the experience of hot wax and fire, and emotionally consents to a poetic and thrilling adventure. Ezshwan allows her subconscious to take over so that the work may transform the artistic experience. The application of many layers of molten beeswax, resin and pigments build countless layers.  At times She draws or paints on the layers and then scrapes and rebuilds the surface. This action is much like analyzing a dream. Layer after layer is applied, scraped, incised, fused and marked to allow the truth of the piece to speak. The reveled layers whisper their subtle messages. New layers may veil the original image and take the work to a deeper, more subconscious state; adding rhythmic, curving lines and shapes to break up the rigidity of some of the geometric forms. Allowing the flame to move the paint, reminds her that one never has total control of  life or encaustic. Ezshwan creates layered luminosity that is appealingly tactile. She encourages viewers to stroke and caress the paintings and discover the tactile experience of the painting.  

In all her work she feels that the painting must have a reason for being. What can take the painting beyond the mundane and predictable? What message can she subtly suggest to the viewer?  Although she has been called the encaustic artist in San Miguel de Allende, she rejects that title and includes many other mediums in her work. Lately, Ezshwan finds that mixed media is what accomplishes her creative mission and a re-introduction of oil and cold wax paintings, continuing to work in many layers, has expanded her ability to add newness to her art.

Yui Sakamoto

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In an era where everything has gone global, we should not be surprised that a gifted young Japanese artist creates pulsatingly surreal visions of gloom and doom married to a sensuous Mexican iconography. But like the Mexican day of the dead festivities, the doom becomes more excitingly glorious bacchanal with dancing devils making gloom appear very attractive indeed.

Yui arrives in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon when barely a teenager; his father has been licensed to teach Japanese in a Monterrey school. After a few short years, the family returns to Japan leaving Yui in Mexico to study art. It is not long before he is teaching in an important art school in Aguascalientes. The decision has been made; he is magically captured by Mexico, it’s culture, it’s traditions and is settling in San Miguel de Allende to continue in his quest of paying pictorial homage to a land which is pure magic to him.

At the same time, the young artists studies and admires the entire world of the 20th century surrealist movement with a particular preference to Salvador Dáli; it is not surprising to find some vague and/or feint reference to Dáli in all his paintings. Using the precision and meticulousness of methods of Japanese painting, the artist successfully creates exquisite painting techniques with the exciting vision of Mexican folk art traditions; the legends of the skull figures dancing off the picture plane, the Katrinas, the iguanas and the jaguars, the tropical fruits, all juxtaposed to tell stories of love and marriage, of death and the after world, of the flora and fauna of the land, almost a pictorial serenade to Gea, the earth goddess. 

Many present-day customs are also sneaked into the pictures such as the falling God, a bronze hued youth with the native Indian codes and images tattooed on to his body, the Dali-like shattered egg in place of his head, or the mother/goddess figure in the pale moon light floating in a yoga like position; east meets west. In one large painting we see a meal being consumed by an alligator and a native turkey (a sophisticated reference to the native bird of the Americas, now so ubiquitous in the entire world) on a day-of-the-dead altar with libation also being enjoyed by a turtle (also native to Mexico) and a Cholosquincles (hairless) dog, the native dog beloved by the early Aztec civilization and whose terracotta presence is to be found in many Mexican museums); far in the background, a jolly death is serenading the group while a less joyful one sits in the center of the table, waiting to be served…

This is most definitely not your usual folk art painting still being produced in many of the Mexican provinces. But then, how could it be? Here is a highly skilled and sophisticated artist paying homage to the cultural heritage of a country he has adopted and loves but at the same time injecting a surreal vision of what makes his world go round. One can spend hours studying these paintings to discover many subtlety hidden subjects and interpretations.

Suzy Taylor

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 “I paint what I see. The joy is in the seeing and I try to capture that in my paintings.”

I am more interested in light and what it does for my subject than in the subject itself.  I find flowers fascinating for their color and transparency and cacti and succulents for not only what happens to the color but also the wonderful shadows produced by their shapes.

I paint in many thin colored layers.  This creates a beautiful depth of color and also the soft edges for which I am known .

My background is as an interior designer.  I designed my building which houses my studio, gallery, home and a top floor rental. I also design and produce custom furniture for the gallery.

My early professional life included working in magazines and advertising where I worked with some great photographers and learned to translate three dimensions into a two dimensional  composition

I started painting later in life studying Impressionism at the prestigious Art Students League in New York City.

Suzy Taylor

Santiago Cruz

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Santiago Cruz was born in Panamá and raised between the U.S and the isthmus. He was fortunate to study at a rigorous atelier in Florence, Italy. One of only 60 students at the Angel Academy of Art, he also took courses in the chiaroscuro style, exemplified by Caravaggio, and the art of Fresco Vero painting taught by the same head restorers entrusted in preserving the city's major frescoes. After 3 years with Angel and two commissions by historic Florentine churches, Santiago moved to Delhi, India to paint for a year unencumbered. 2008/2009 brought him to Dubai and with it a Hewlett Packard commission. After half a year in Dubai, he left the Emirates and returned to Asia. This time Thailand for a year, refueling his need for luscious colorspace and greater mobility. In 2010 participation in the 1st International Fair of Contemporary Art at Panama's Contemporary museum led to two solo shows in 2010 and 2014 with the DGAG Contemporary Gallery in Panamá. Those exhibitions allowed him to set up a studio in Berlin, Germany for four years and represented Panamas' Berlin embassy in a group show in 2015. He has participated in several group shows between Panama and Berlin since. This year he had his first exhibition in Mexico, at LA303 in Fabrica la Aurora. He's currently doing an Art Resdiency producing new paintings at the beautiful Studio Caracol in San Miguel de Allende and invites you to visit.

Juan Zaragoza

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Juan Manuel Zaragoza Zúñiga, born in Michoacán, Mexico, in 1979, a graduate of the University of Guanajuato in 2002.

Juan chose to begin his career in the fine arts as a painter. At first his work focused more on the abstract, playing with interesting combinations of colors and geometric shapes. Next, he entered into a post-pictorial abstraction period, sometimes difficult for ordinary people to understand but always intense and sharp.

Having attended almost all of his exhibitions, we have noticed his rapid evolution from a little naïve to Modern. In his studio, we have witnessed his growing expertise with oils, watercolors, composition, sculptures and most recently acrylics.

Currently, many of his expressive compositions are a unique form of mixed media, depicting everyday topics such as landscapes, flowers, and animals. Continuing to express and communicate deeply and without losing the abstract, Juan has expanded his work in the field of figurative art, including his horses, his Madonnas, and his still-life’s. As we admire his artwork, we are reminded of something Terry Fenton once said: "They don't shout, but neither do they whisper; they don't intrude … yet they transform their surroundings as only great art can.” And, what Pablo Picasso said in a phrase that applies to our artist: “Art cleans out the daily dust from our soul.”

We congratulate Juan Manuel Zaragoza, who through tremendous dedication, honed his natural talent and won himself a place of recognition among other young artists in Mexico. We are not surprised that his artwork is now being sold internationally.

David Gutiérrez (Mirra)

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He studied at the National School of Plastic Arts UNAM, the Bachelor of Visual Arts. He is selected to integrate the High Academic Requirement Program in the former building of the San Carlos Academy sponsored by the UNAM Foundation and the Telmex Foundation. Take specialization courses and workshops at the University Exchange and Extension Center in Taxco, Gro. He also takes workshops in different cultural centers in theinterior of the country, such as Oaxaca, Mérida and San Miguel de Allende. He is represented by different galleries in Mexico and his work has been placed with good pleasure in the Mexican art market.

Juan Ezcurdia

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Juan Ezcurdia has become has become known for his wild and varied interpretations of animals and people and how they intermingle. It seems artistic and humorous at the same time, sort of like Gary Larson meets the Masters, for lack of a better analogy.

The work itself is as unique and multifaceted as one might expect from the special mix of a psychologist/children's books illustrator turned artist. People and animals are portrayed in a naïve manner but the ways they interact blur the lines. Its almost as if the painter has decided that all living creatures are on the same equal footing, and talk of opposable thumbs and enlarged craniums be dammed.

Michael Wiebach

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Being an artist for Michael Wiebach is a way of life; his work could not easily be separated from his daily chores or his vision towards the world. Within his painting one can notice his enjoyment in the use of thick oil paint as well as his choice of theme; one through which he can best express his observations. However, his reflective and often playful work has been transcending the borders of the canvas and begun exploring installation and ready-made art. Before embarking on a canvas one must take in consideration his various travels and his collection of toys as well as other obsolete objects reminiscent of the constant promotion of progress, which today have become obsolete due to new technologies.

Lourdes Rivera

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Manuk Gallery is the achievement as an artist of my dreams, goals and work.

My dreams.... To have open studio and a gallery to show my work.

My goals..... To share the gallery with other artists and to be able to create a working space for adults and children where they can become artists themselves.

My work.... Day by day to make possible to have new exhibitions of original and beautiful work. To surprise clients and visitors.

I chose the name Manuk, it means bird. Because I admire all winged beings, always amazed by their freedom, creativity, strength, but more importantly their ability to fly.

As an artist, the ability to open your wings and fly it is a challenge to be taken to be able to be free and unique.

Joaquin Piñeiro

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In my artistic work, the encaustic work is always present. It is one of the most sophisticated, passionate and older technique I know. It allows me, at the same time, to use and combine materials which are simple and easy to get. I use many elements, apparently with no control, such as wax and fire. I like this surprise blow, of astonishment for expected outcome, even venturesome. When processing an idea, it never ends in the original stroke. Fire and time change everything, that is why I like to work on topics that make me think of what would be the fate of things when nobody uses them anymore, when they are only part of the past... memories of things that lead to other things.

Kathleen Cammarata

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Kathleen Cammarata’s paintings and drawings examine the place and terrain of an imaginary world subject to growth, change, explosion, and rebirth. Her work teams with life of the strangest variety presenting nature as dynamic ambiguous characters.

An American artist born in NY, Cammarata has been painting for over 30 years and in the last decade pursued drawing as a formal contemporary medium. She has had 24 solo shows and participated in over 50 juried shows throughout New England and the USA. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work.

Cammarata has taught drawing, painting and printmaking in two museums and a university in the USA. She attended two residency programs at the Vermont Studio Center. Her work is in collections in the USA, Canada, Europe, and here in San Miguel de Allende.

Gerardo Ruiz

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Gerardo Ruiz art studio and gallery is a beautiful peaceful place where he creates prints, paintings and drawings and also gives classes of many techniques. After graduating from the Academy of San Carlos, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (ENAP-UNAM) in the 1970s, he was awarded a scholarship to continue his postgraduate studies in Sculpture. He has also received prizes for his work.

Ana Rivera