Nocturnal Sun: Paintings by Gerardo Zarate
- Nocturnal Sun: Paintings by Gerardo Zarate
June 25 – August 6, 2011
It is summer time, but that rejuvenating energy you feel isn’t coming from sunlight but from Nocturnal Sun: Gerardo Zarate’s collection of stylized figures basking in the light of the moon and the sun.
Zarate’s paintings range from the theatrical to the celestial. Some figures seem to leap from the pages of a storybook while others were inspired by playing childhood games and early drawings. Bathed in the rays of heavenly bodies, the jubilant faces of mermaids and angels radiate a warm and nurturing environment.
Zarate combines intricate detail inspired by the decorative embellishments of Asian arts with the cherubic figures found in Fernando Botero and Diego Rivera. These jolly bold figures frolic in a world of warm tones and bright colors and reflect the artist’s inquisitive nature and whimsical worldview.
-Nuvia Crisol Ruland, Curator
Born in Mexico City, he was inspired at an early age to paint and began formal art training in various media by the age of 13. His artistic education was enriched by many talented instructors and earned his degree in Graphic Arts at the University of Mexico. His exploration of craftworks such as papier maché, tolework and mask making has lead to intricate pieces of fine art. He has had successful career as a graphic designer and artist in both Mexico and the United States. His work has been exhibited internationally including Mexico City, Los Angeles and New York. For nearly 15 years, he has been continuously active in San Diego’s artistic community through teaching and participating in group shows.
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