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The El Paso Museum of Art Announces Artists on Art with Rigoberto De La Mora

Todo en un dia de trabajo/ All in a day's work by Rigoberto De La Mora, 1971 (photo courtesy the artist)

Todo en un dia de trabajo/ All in a day's work by Rigoberto De La Mora, 1971 (photo courtesy the artist)

Join the El Paso Museum of Art on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. for Artists on Art with Rigoberto De La Mora. This event is free to the public.

Artists on Art – located at the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) provides local artists an opportunity to exhibit one work of art in any media accompanied by a 30 minute discussion on their work and its relation to the Museum’s permanent collection. There are six exhibits per year and the work is exhibited for a two-month period. Artists interested in being featured in Artists on Art are encouraged to contact Christian Gerstheimer, Curator at (915) 532-1707 x 20.

Rigoberto De La Mora was born in 1952 and currently lives and works in El Paso, Texas. His experience with photography began in the 1960s at his father’s portrait studio in Juárez. In the late 1960s De La Mora’s photographs of local rock concerts were published in magazines in Mexico. From 1973 to 1977 De La Mora did commercial work at Tepeyac Photography Studio in Chicago. From 1977 to 1981 the artist was in military service in West Germany and was inspired by the art of the European Masters at numerous museums. De La Mora has exhibited in numerous group exhibitions in El Paso and Juárez with artists such as Luis Jiménez, James Drake and Manuel Acosta. His work is included in private collections in El Paso, Las Vegas, Chihuahua City, MX and Ciudad Juárez, MX.

The photograph Todo en un dia de trabajo/All in a day’s work, 1971 depicts an artist at work in the tree-filled plaza in front of the Mission de Guadalupe Cathedral in Ciudad Juárez. Surprisingly, the artist depicted does not have hands or feet and uses the stumps of his arms to hold his paintbrush, with which he earned a living. De La Mora successfully captured the dappled lighting and shadows on the plaza as well as an everyday occurrence that reveals that for some art-making is a part of survival. De La Mora’s later work is known for its experimentation with light and most recently with video and sound as well.

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