MEXICANISMO: Expressions of Identity

October 13, 2016 to February 28, 2017

Indigo Arts’ 30th anniversary show - including work by Enrique Flores, Nicolas de Jesus, Eddie Martinez,
Felipe Morales, Rodolfo Morales, Fernando Olivera, Carlomagno Pedro, Mario Romero, Shinzaburo Takeda & others.

Show dates: October 13, 2016 through February, 2017


Opening reception: Second Thursday, October 13, 6 to 9pm.


Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12 to 6pm.


Mexicanismo reflects an intentional expression of Mexican identity in art which came to its fore in the years following the Mexican Revolution.  A selection of prints and paintings of the last 30 years from the Indigo Arts’ collection, the exhibit testifies to the rich legacy of 20th century Mexican art.  Mexicanismo illustrates many of the artistic movements unleashed by the Mexican Revolution and the advent of Mexican modernism over a century ago.   While not immune to other tendencies in contemporary art of the last three decades, the artists shown here - many from the artistically fertile southern state of Oaxaca - have retained and developed the key characteristics of the period that established the Mexican School in art. 

The influence of Los Tres Grandes – painter/muralists Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siqueiros – persists in the political and cultural awareness of these artists.  Oaxacan artist Fernando Olivera shares their heroic vision of the Indio peasant, and has unrelentingly championed the plight of the marginalized and the desaparecidos (the disappeared), particularly among the Tehuana peoples of the Isthmus.   Mexico City artist Mario Romero recalls the heroic images of pre-Columbian art, but often uses them in an ironic way, juxtaposing them with modern articles and context.  Indigenismo, a celebration of indigenous Mexican culture, inspired Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and particularly that chronicler of Mexican history and culture, Miguel Covarrubias.  It lives on in the woodcuts of Oaxacan artist Modesto Bernardo and the prints and paintings of Shinzaburo Takeda.  While born in Japan, Takeda has spent his entire adult life in Mexico, and has been called the “mas Mexicano” of Mexican artists.   To American viewers this work bears a strong resemblance in style to American work of the Depression and New Deal era.  This is no coincidence, because both were influenced by Rivera and the other Mexican muralists.

The Mexican flavor of surrealism embraced by Frida Kahlo, Maria Izquierdo and others is reflected in the elegant work of José Eddie Martinez.   The artists of the Oaxacan School in particular became known for a variety of magic realism that was described by poet Alberto Blanco:  “The appearance in our history of another time and place; a space within another space; a time within another time.”  It infuses the work of the late 20th century maestro, Rodolfo Morales and many that he influenced, including Enrique Flores, Leovigildo Martinez, Felipe Morales, and Fernando Olivera

The great Mexican engraver, cartoonist and social satirist Guadalupe Posada - while of the generation preceding the Mexican muralists - was the progenitor for much of their political and social art.  He introduced the figure of the calavera or skeleton that remains the primary actor of social satire in Mexican art and popular culture today.   Both Posada’s political concerns and his dark humor inspired the artists of the Taller de Grafica Popolar (the People’s Graphic Workshop) founded in 1937.  Posada’s work also inspires the Guerrero print-maker Nicolas de Jesus (who prints his satiric scenes on traditional amate bark-paper) and the Oaxacan calavera-sculptor and print-maker Carlomagno Pedro

Indigo Arts has exhibited the fine art and folk arts of Mexico, particularly Oaxaca, since 1986.

Modesto Bernardo
SKU: Modesto-4

Linocut, (Image size 4 3/4" x 5 1/4" on 10 1/4" x 10" sheet)
#21/40, 1995

$125
Mario Romero - Hand and Knives
SKU: MR-1007

Aquatint (Image size 5 7/8" x 4 3/8" on 15" x 11" sheet)
#10/100, n. d.

$ 125
Pecadillo Americano
SKU: NDJ-1502

Color etching on handmade amate bark paper
(5 1/8" x 3 1/8" plate size on 11 1/2" x 7 1/2" sheet), #13/250, c.2009

$110
Nicolas de Jesus - Examen Prostatico
SKU: NDJ-1006

Color etching on handmade amate bark paper
(5 1/8" x 3 1/8" plate size on 11" x 7 1/2" sheet), #18/250, 2009

$95
La Nadadora
SKU: JL-1931

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
La Chica y el Diablo
SKU: AL-1951

Aureliano Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2019

$65
El Diablo con Calacas
SKU: JL-1934

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Chica y el Tigre
SKU: AL-1949

Aureliano Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Cristo Crucificado
SKU: JL-1935

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
SKU: AL-1950

Aureliano Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Danza de los Diablos
SKU: JL-1938

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
La Novia del Zapatista
SKU: JL-1953

 

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
La Virgen y el Luchador
SKU: JL-1926

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Jesu Cristo
SKU: JL-1905

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
SKU: NL-1943

Nicolas Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Fernando Olivera - Luz de Luna
SKU: FEO-1501

Aquatint (27 1/8" x 19 5/8" image size, 36 1/4" x 27 1/2" sheet size)
#39/50, 2013
Framed

$1600
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Fernando Olivera
SKU: FEO-1102

Lithograph (Image size 20 5/8" x 24 3/4" on 25 1/2" x 27 1/2" sheet)
#30/30, 2010

$975
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Caminantes
SKU: FEM-1002

Aquatint, (50 x 45cm - 17 1/2" x 12 3/4", Sheet size 18 3/4" x 23 1/2")
#12/20, 2009

$925 framed
Product Status: 
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Nicolas de Jesus - Migracion
SKU: NDJ-1007

Color etching on handmade amate bark paper
(19" x 9 1/2" plate size on 25 1/4" x 15 1/2" sheet), #29/150, n.d.
 

$675
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Fernando Olivera
SKU: FOl-37

Woodcut (12 1/2 x 15 1/4"), #14/30, P/A, 2005

framed

$590 framed
Product Status: 
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Mario Romero
SKU: MR-1001

Oil on canvas
(19 3/4" x 15 3/4"), 2009

$575
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Leovigildo Martinez Torres Torres
SKU: LeoMa-7

Lithograph
#P/A (image size 18" x 12"), 1999

$550
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José Eddie Martinez
SKU: EDM-182G

Aquatint, (image size 4 5/8" x 7 3/4")
#45/50, 1989.  
Framed.

$375
Product Status: 
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La Vida Loca - Carlomagno Pedro
SKU: CAP-0501

Engraving (Image size 8 1/2" x 9 1/2" on 16" x 16" sheet)
#P/A, 1992
Matted.

$375
Product Status: 
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Nicolas de Jesus - Represion
SKU: NDJ-1

Color etching on handmade amate bark paper
(10 3/4" x 6 3/4" plate size on 15 1/2" x 12 1/4" sheet), #66/75, 2007

$ 275
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Jose Eddie Martinez - Circus 3
SKU: EDM-1007

Aquatint, (4 5/8" x 3 1/2" image on 8 3/4" x 6 3/4" sheet)
#5,28/30, 2009

Also available framed

$240
Product Status: 
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Mario Romero
SKU: MR-1012

Linocut (8 1/4" x 6 1/8" image on 15 3/4" x 12" sheet)
#20/100, n. d.

$ 225
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Mario Romero - Untitled (Loteria de los Muertos)
SKU: MR-1013

Linocut (image size 10 7/8" x 7 7/8" on 15" x 11" sheet)
#16/50, n. d.

$225
Product Status: 
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Chita (cheetah)
SKU: ARMJ-1801

Armando Jimenez and Antonia Carrillo
Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2018
Wood painted with acrylic paints
(5" w. x 11" d. x 9 1/2" h.)

$210
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Lechusa (owl)
SKU: ARMJ-1802

Armando Jimenez and Antonia Carrillo
Arrazola, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2018
Wood painted with acrylic paints
(4 1/2" w. x 6 1/2" d. x 10 1/2" h.)

$210
Product Status: 
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Dentro de Mi (Inside of me)
SKU: FEO-1030

Etching (6 1/2" x 4 5/8" image on 13 3/4" x 11 1/2" sheet)
#1/30, 2009

$195
Product Status: 
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Fernando Olivera
SKU: FOL-48

Drypoint etching (4 1/2" x 5 3/4" image on 11 1/2" x 10 1/2" sheet)
#2/30, 2005

$175
Product Status: 
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 Tribute to Frida Kahlo's "My Dress Hangs There"
SKU: JSAG-1902

Ocotlan de Morelos, Oaxaca, Mexico, c.1995.
Fired clay figure painted with acrylic paints.
(5 1/2” w. x 4” d. x 6 1/4” h.)  
Vintage sculpture from a collection of Mexican folk art.
Note:  some minor repairs by previous owner (see photos).

$155
Product Status: 
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Nido de Amor (Love Nest)
SKU: NDJ-1501

Color etching on handmade amate bark paper
(5 1/8" x 3 1/8" plate size on 10" x 7 1/2" sheet), #6/250, c.2009

$110
Product Status: 
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The Flower Seller
SKU: JSAG-1804

Ocotlan de Morelos, Oaxaca, Mexico, c.1995.
Fired clay figure painted with acrylic paints.
(3 1/2" w. x 3 1/2" d. x 6 1/2" h.)  
Vintage sculpture from a collection of Mexican folk art.

$110
Product Status: 
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Nicolas de Jesus
SKU: NDJ-4

Nicolas de Jesus (Ameyaltepec, Guerrero, Mexico),
Color etching on handmade amate bark paper
(5 3/4" x 3 3/4" plate size on 11 1/2" x 7 7/8" sheet), #19/250, 2009

$95
Product Status: 
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Nicolas de Jesus - Wall Street
SKU: NDJ-5

Color etching on handmade amate bark paper
(5 1/8" x 3 1/8" plate size on 11" x 7 1/2" sheet), #18/250, 2009

$ 95
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Nicolas de Jesus - Borrachos de Amor
SKU: NDJ-1003

Color etching on handmade amate bark paper
(5 1/8" x 3 1/8" plate size on 10 3/4" x 7 3/4" sheet), #17/250, 2009

$95
Product Status: 
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Santa Teresita
SKU: JL-1911

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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Bailarina de Barra (Pole-Dancer Angel)
SKU: AL-1946

Aureliano Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Product Status: 
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El Diablo con Culebra
SKU: AL-1912

Aureliano Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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La Virgen y el Conejo (Virgin with Bunny)
SKU: JL-1942

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Product Status: 
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El Diablo y el Luchador
SKU: AL-1913

Aureliano Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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La Chica y el Luchador
SKU: NL-1944

Nicolas Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019.

$65
Product Status: 
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Tigre y Diablo
SKU: NL-1916

Nicolas Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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Sireno con Frutas
SKU: JL-1936

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Product Status: 
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La Virgen y los Tigres
SKU: NL-1917

Nicolas Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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Angela
SKU: AL-1947

Aureliano Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Product Status: 
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La Virgen de Guadalupe
SKU: AL-1918

Aureliano Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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La Señora con Sandia
SKU: JL-1940

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Product Status: 
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La Sirena y la Luna
SKU: NL-1919

Nicolas Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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La Virgen con el Tigre
SKU: JL-1941

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Product Status: 
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Anima Sola
SKU: AL-1920

Aureliano Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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 La Novia del Diablo (The Bride of the Devil)
SKU: JL-1937

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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La Sirena Diabolica
SKU: AL-1921

Aureliano Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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Danza de Los Tigres
SKU: JL-1939

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Product Status: 
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La Virgen y el Tigre
SKU: JL-1901

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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Zapatista
SKU: JL-1955

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2019

$65
Product Status: 
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Danza de los Tigres
SKU: NL-1902

Nicolas Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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La Novia y el Luchador
SKU: JL-1922

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Product Status: 
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The Virgin and the Zapatista
SKU: JL-1952

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2019

$65
Product Status: 
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El Sireno
SKU: JL-1903

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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Angel con Frutas
SKU: JL-1924

 

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Product Status: 
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Santa Teresita y los Luchadores
SKU: JL-1904

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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La Sirena con Sandia
SKU: JL-1930

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Product Status: 
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La Novia del Diablo
SKU: NL-1907

Nicolas Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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Danza de los Tigres
SKU: JL-1932

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Product Status: 
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Dos Luchadores
SKU: AL-1908

Aureliano Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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San Ignacio and the Lion
SKU: JL-1933

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), 2019

$65
Product Status: 
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La Novia del Diablo (The Bride of the Devil)
SKU: JL-1909

Jesus Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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Tigre con Diablo
SKU: NL-1945

Nicolas Lorenzo
Acrylic paint on masonite w/ clear lacquer.
(12" x 8"), c.2018

$65
Product Status: 
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Nuestros Ideales Prohibidos Flores Eran Libertados
SKU: FEO-0664

Oaxaca, Mexico
Oil on canvas (33 5/8" x 41"), Stretched, unframed.  2006

Price on Request
Product Status: 
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Rodolfo Morales
SKU: 
ROM-0312

Rodolfo Morales (Oaxaca, Mexico)
Serigraph (25 1/2 x 19 1/2), #84/100, 1996

Price on Request

Price on Request
Product Status: 
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Fernando Olivera - Camioncito Rojo
SKU: 
FEO-1103

Fernando Olivera (Oaxaca, Mexico),
Gouache on paper (14 1/8" x 22 1/4", 36 x 52 cm), 2011
Framed

Sold
Product Status: 
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