Light, Color and Passion

Latin American painters at the Icaro Gallery, Long Beach

By David Scott
Published on LatinoLA: February 29, 2004

Light, Color and Passion

Icaro Gallery is proud to announce their third annual group show of Latin American
painters entitled Light, Color and Passion. The exhibition runs through April 24, 2004.

This popular and acclaimed exhibition showcases fourteen painters from seven
countries. The artists represent the vast territories of South America including the oil rich north, the white snow capped Andes, the green carpeted rain forest, the myriad colors of the cities, and the vast blue skies of the Pampas. Cuba's vibrant Caribbean culture and tradition steeped Mexico are also featured.

The third installment of Light, Color and Passion highlights some favorite artists from prior shows and some newcomers who are sure to attract a following. Peruvian Maria Mandun excites the viewer with her colorful allegorical characters inhabiting fanciful esoteric worlds. Peruvians Gabriel Mendivil and Alfredo Ruiz use political satire to express the contradictions of their culture juxtaposing native traditions with modern realities of life. Peruvian Lenin Medina creates haunting figurative work.

Venezuelan Manolo Roldan expresses the hope and dreams of his people with colors that resemble the land and natural elements of South America. Norma Michel continues the Mexican tradition of using symbolism to express a wide range of emotions and experiences. Spaniard Moises Hergueta, Cuban painter Reinaldo Vargas, Peruvian Ines Villanueva and M. Clara Rossi of Uruguay all use vibrant colors in unique styles to express autobiographical, mythological or spiritual themes.

The Icaro Gallery is located at 4258 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, CA 90807. 562 427-4258. http://www.icarogallery.com

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