Juan Ezcurdia and Magdiel Perez at Galeria Pacifico on April 2nd

Galeria Pacifico will open a two man exhibit during the 6-10 PM Art Walk downtown on Wednesday, April 2. It features two of the most highly accomplished and regarded artists in San Miguel De Allende, Juan Ezcurdia and Magdiel Perez. They have known each other for many years, once having studios 75 feet apart, and in fact the title of this exhibition is “Two Friends.” Both of these painters are in their forties, and both have achieved a high level of success in galleries and museums in Mexico and internationally. They each focus a lot on animals and their interrelation with humans, but the similarities seem to end there.
Ezcurdia’s paintings most often present a humorous or irreverent tone, but Perez shows more observance of the mystical. In Juan’s vision, a wolf might be golfing or dancing a tango with a hot blond, whereas with Magdiel the wolf would be by a “Tree of Life,” communicating with the spirits. The artists’ backgrounds also vary greatly, considering that Ezcurdia was a psychologist before becoming a professional artist, while Perez initially was following in the footsteps of his father, who was a curador or shamanic healer in a traditional Mexican Indian manner. Another difference is that Juan works mostly in acrylics on canvas without texture on a flat plain, but Magdiel uses the old technique of encaustic with oil, which allows scratching in designs and overlaying colors on a hard wax base to achieve a greater feeling of depth and perspective.
The exhibit will be mounted through April 24th, but Galeria Pacifico always maintains an ample display by these talented artists at its location at 174 Aldama, just up from the Malecon. For more info: Tel. 222 1982, GaleriaPacifico@gmail.com, www.GaleriaPacifico.com

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