SAN ANTONIO, TX.- Ruiz-Healy Art
is hosting its third solo show of Pedro Diego Alvarado-Rivera, one of the foremost painters of Mexico. The exhibition opened November 12, 2013 at the gallerys new 201 East Olmos Drive location.
Pedro Diego Alvarado-Rivera was academically trained in Mexico City at the National School of Painting and Sculpture (better known as La Esmeralda), and the Academy of San Carlos. He continued his studies through apprenticeships with world-renowned artists such as, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Clot Bramsen et Georges, Ricardo Martinez, Vlady, and Armando Morales.
The artworks of Alvarado-Rivera are unapologetically pictorial, formal explorations in paint of a focused portion of the visible world. In a contemporary art context where the word formalism is often uttered in disparaging tones, Alvarado- Rivera seems to revel in the compositional complexities found in the neat rows of a field of agaves, the repeated arches of an aqueduct receding at an angle into the distance, or the subtle differences in opacity, color, texture, and line of a table full of fruit. Whether in the overview of a tableau or a tightly cropped close-up, his painters eye seems to trump the often-photographic compositions: the textural differences that convey the play of light over and through the gem-like cells of pomegranate and the variations in their leathery skins, or a stark black ground setting off a table full of watermelons with their variegated green stripes and ovoid forms juxtaposed with the craggy edges of opened pink flesh.
Alvarado-Riveras still life paintings are, for the captive viewer, a meditation in form, shape, color, light and reflection. Mexican critic and curator Sylvia Navarrete has described his style as "heavily influenced by Cezanne's approach to light and color, as well as the Mexican Modernist explorations of more primal iconic depiction, Alvarado-Rivera is steeped both in his own tradition and the entire history of painting.
Since 2004, Ruiz-Healy Art has been committed to promoting the best in Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Texas connected artists. Ruiz-Healy Art holds exclusive international representation of Pedro Diego Alvarado-Rivera. Pedro Diego Alvarado-Rivera: Embracing the Natural World will be on display through December.