The Mexican painter Ricardo Mazal has created one of the most stunning bodies of work in his career, La Tumba de la Reina Roja: From Reality to Abstraction. With this series Mazal expresses the profound sensations he experienced while visiting the Tomb of the Red Queen, a recently discovered burial site dating to about 600 A.D. at Palenque, the ancient Maya ceremonial city.
Over the last few years Mazal has devised an innovative means of developing his compositions, by photographing existing works and using the computer to carry out a series of digital manipulations that allow him to visualize “virtual” paintings that are later translated to the canvas. Because the Red Queen series was so directly rooted in a concrete subject, Mazal began this body of work by extensively photographing the site’s temples, stones, and surrounding landscape. These images became the basis for abstract works that reflect a creative dialogue between digital technology and traditional painting modes. In color photographs, monotypes, and monumentally scaled paintings, Mazal eloquently interprets the myriad themes evoked by this Maya noblewoman and her tomb – history and time’s passage, spirituality, nature and culture, and human mortality.
Ricardo Mazal was born in 1950 in Mexico and currently resides in Santa Fe and New York. The exhibition and publication of La Tumba de la Reina Roja: From Reality to Abstraction. He has exhibited his work extensively in the United States, Latin America, and Europe, including at such institutions as the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico (MARCO); the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Museo de Antropologia, Mexico City; the Americas Society, New York; and the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe. Mazal is the recipient of the prestigious Creador Artístico award, granted by the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (FONCA), Mexico. He is also a previous recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant.
Elizabeth Ferrer, Arnoldo González Cruz
Introduction by Stuart Ashman
Elizabeth Ferrer is a New York-based independent curator and writer who specializes in modern and contemporary Mexican art and photography. Exhibitions she has curated have traveled widely to museums throughout the United States, and her essays have appeared in exhibition catalogues, books, and art journals published in the United States, Latin America, Spain, and Great Britain. Ms. Ferrer is former director of the Austin Museum of Art in Austin, Texas, and gallery director and curator at the Americas Society in New York.
Size: 12 x 10.5 in.
Plates: 55 color plates