Benigno “Nino” Magana opens “Homage to Alejandro Colunga” show December 27th

Nino will be painting on Friday, December 27th from 7 to 8 pm during the show.

A native of Guadalajara, born in 1970, Nino is one of ten brothers. He began painting at the age of eight. At fifteen, he visited the Instituto Cultural Cabanas, where a painting entitled “El Abrazo” by Jorge Gonzalez Camarena is engraved in his mind to this day.  This painting awoke in him a true calling to be a painter, which twenty years later still motivates him.
After winning his first award at the Salon October in 1990, Magnana had the confidence and freedom to express his true passion for art.  In 2008, he returned to University and obtained a degree in music. He also has a Master’s degree in Art and is committed to the dissemination and promotion of culture.

Magnana prefers to paint in a large format, because he likes the feeling of being overtaken by the painting. It’s like standing before Goliath. He likes the sensation that the painting engulfs you. And he feels that the viewers might like that too.  His other passions are cooking in the kitchen with his wife, playing the piano and guitar. He is a devoted family man. His discipline extends to his diet and his Hindu practices.

The motive of this show is to render homage to his friend and brother, Alejandro Colunga by honoring his more significant works and reinterpreting them through his respect and appreciation.  Colunga is an esteemed Mexican artist who has won International recognition as part of a talented generation of visionaries. Alejandro was part of the group of artists in the early 1970’s that put Vallarta on the map as a coveted art destination.

If you visited Vallarta in the 70’s and 80’s, these newest works by Nino will happily transport you back to a time of dream like fantasies and bring back vivid memories of Colunga in that time period.  It is not only an honor Nino bestows on the master, it is an honor bestowed on him by his friend to let him re interpret these masterpieces.

Galleria Dante is located at Basilio Badillo 269 in the Romantic Zone

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