Fiesta of Color: The Art of Oswaldo Sagástegui
El Paso Museum of Art
October 13 through December 30, 2012
Fiesta of Color: The Art of Oswaldo Sagástegui will open to the public Saturday, October 13, 2012 in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery at the El Paso Museum of Art. Entrance to the Museum and this exhibition are free to the public. Occasionally the Museum features traveling exhibitions for which admission is charged such as Rembrandt, Rubens and Golden Age Painting in Europe 1600 – 1800 from the Speed Art Museum which is currently on view with an admission fee of $10 per non member adult age 13 and up and $5 per EPMA member adult age 13 and up. Free for children under 12 and all Active Military Personnel and their families (ID Required).
Born in 1936 in the Peruvian mountain village of Llata, Oswaldo Sagástegui graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in Lima in 1959, and emigrated to Mexico City nine years later, after developing his artistic training and practice by spending several years in Rome. Once in Mexico, Sagástegui established himself as a political caricaturist for the newspaper Excélsior, which brought him fame and the National Journalism Award in 1984. By 1990, however, Sagástegui had returned to easel painting in full force, focusing on abstract paintings filled with brilliant colors and vital energy.
The exhibition of ten canvases presents a selection of these abstract works, which reveal Sagástegui’s singular vision while also suggesting influences as diverse as Cubism, Surrealism, Photorealism, and his own work in caricature. The paintings tantalize the eyes through their stark color juxtapositions, divergent directional forces, and 3-D optical illusions. The show also includes three of the artist’s most recent works, which are surreal landscapes inspired in part by his concern for vanishing natural resources such as water.