Benjamín Domínguez: New Works

May 20 - July 16, 2010 San Antonio

Ruiz-Healy Art is pleased to present new works by Benjamín DomínguezDominguez, influenced by the historical and social dimensions of art history and classical art, creates works that feature pious nuns, mystical angels, and majestic characters — a nod to past traditions. The product of the contemporary sensibilities met with past imaginations, the paintings of Dominguez reveal classical creations seen through a contemporary vision.


His early introduction to painting came in his teens when he painted the cinema posters for his local theater in Jiménez, Chihuahua, laying the foundation for the highly narrative, proto-cinematic style of his mature paintings. Dominguez has written of this time, “In a large format, I painted all of the great actors of that period, I learned to paint there, and learned the language of cinema.”


After studying painting at the legendary Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City, he took a job in the historic Museo del Virreinato, where he was further immersed in the great, too little ­known art tradition of México’s colonial, mestizo artistic legacy. Dominguez has said that in a larger sense his artistic formation took place between two great antagonistic Mexican art movements, the realism of the post-revolutionary period, and the abstraction of Mexican modernism. As he has ironically observed of his initiation as an artist, “My generation is the one known as the sandwich generation.” His work is an elegantly surreal commingling of the real and the fantastic, of the colonial and contemporary and of the Old World/New World, Christian & Aztec symbols together.


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