Ismael Vargas: Echoes of Mexico

Essay by John Phillip Santos
2015

Vargas’s exquisite works are a play of flowing shapes and coursing edges, pure quantities precisely realized with a highly refined painterly craft. But these expressions are not rendered within a classical Euclidean geometry. Instead, Vargas is a geometer of shape-shifting mestizo forms, implicitly Mexican in their origins—merging echoes of the European Baroque and the Mexican Churrigueresque into a new vision.