Oscar Aguilar Olea: La Esencia de la Mujer, and The Artist Studio

November 9 through January 19, 2020 in the Spotlight Gallery

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Explore the female form with Mexican-born, Napa Valley painter and sculptor Oscar Aguilar Olea. In a companion exhibition: The Artist’s Studio, visit a recreated artist studio to learn the techniques and materials used in the artistic process. Art instruction including life drawing and painting classes will be available.

Admission to the Spotlight and History Galleries is included with regular museum admission.

Oscar Aguilar Olea is an expressionist figurative painter, sculptor, and print maker from Guanajuato, Mexico. His signature techniques include using different types of egg tempera paints, painting on oversized burlap canvas, and using paints and charcoals made by the artist from organic materials grown here in the Napa Valley

Artist’s Statement: In the mid-1970’s, a group of twenty student artists from the school of Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City—of which I was a member—decided to take their art to the streets. We gave ourselves a name: SUMA, and began to use the fences of Mexico City as our canvas. As a result of the attention that our murals brought us, we were invited into local galleries and museums, as well as the first biennial for young artists in Paris, France. SUMA caught the attention of the public and the interest of artists like Rufino Tamayo, Juan Jose Arreola and others, and was given a place in the current evolution of Mexican Art. After five years, the group dissolved as each member decided to focus on their individual careers.

Following my involvement with SUMA, I dedicated several years to research techniques that include egg tempera al fresco, oils, watercolors, etchings, drawings, woodcutting, and sculpting. Now, as artist and a teacher, I continue to apply and research many of these techniques; I consider them part of the foundation of my artistic education.

Learn more about Oscar at https://oscareggtempera.com
Oscar Aguilar Olea, Venus at her mirror, Charcoal and egg tempera on burlap, 2019
Oscar Aguilar Olea, Solitude. Charcoal and egg tempera on burlap. 2019