Maria Alquilar

Country: USA
 

Title:  La Ascensión

Medium: Acrylic on metal with mixed media

Size: 39" x 29"





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Christian symbolism, the animism of primitive cultures, and her personal history and iconography come together in her intricately detailed paintings, cast iron sculpture and icon-like metal wall pieces that have a deep mysterious luminosity. The works bring together mythic elements from many cultures transformed by her vivid imagination into strong works that remind one of the strange visions of Henri Rousseau and Frida Kahlo but are unremittingly her own. Her work, a communion with the imagined, the sublime with the tragic, is a reminder of human evanescence in contrast with the immortality of the soul.

Her selected exhibitions include: Obres Reciente, La Galeria La Mano Magica, Oaxaca, Mexico, 1993; Creating Spirits, Dow, Frosini, Berkeley, California, 1993; Currents, Art Museum of Santa Cruz County, Santa Cruz, California, 1993; En Caliente, La Galeria Arte Latino, Santa Cruz, California, 1993; Retrospect Exhibition, Redding Museum of Art, Redding, California, 1992; Works In and On Metal, Jennifer Pauls Gallery, Sacramento, California, 1991; Modern Mythology, Joan Robey Gallery, Denver, Colorado, 1991; Ceramic Narratives, Jennifer Pauls Gallery, Sacramento, California, 1990; Works in Cast Iron and Brass, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 1990; and Ceramic Traditions: The Figure, Palo Alto Cultural Center, Palo Alto, California, 1989.

Her selected collections include: Garth Clark Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri; John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Sacramento, California; Lloyd Herman, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; Rena Bransten, Quay Gallery, San Francisco, California; John Pence, The John Pence Gallery, San Francisco, California; Chase Manhattan Bank, New York and Phoenix, Arizona; Downey Museum, Downey, California; National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; and San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, California.
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