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Revolution II at Centro Cultural in Jocotepec
On November 6, 2010, a collective art exhibition entitled “Revolution II: The Other Revolution” is scheduled to take place at the Centro Cultural in Jocotepec.
This exhibition will include paintings and sculptures from six exceptional and well-known Lakeside artists: Antonio Lopez Vega and Jesus Lopez Vega from Ajijic, Francisco Javier Gonzalez and Victor Manuel Santillan from Chapala and DePaul Durham and Isidro Xilonzochitl (XiLotL) from San Juan Cosala.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts from the Instituto de Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Antonio worked and taught for many years in the Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez in San Miguel. He returned to his hometown of Ajijic in 2008. Antonio has participated in various individual and collective exhibitions in Mexico and Switzerland and has painted murals in Belgium, Canada and the U.S. Numerous public sculptures done by Antonio can be seen in the Ajijic plaza.

Well-known artist and art teacher Jesus Lopez Vega grew up in Ajijic and is recognized for his unique style of “Mexican Magic Surrealism”, a powerful rendition of the mystic and folkloric pre-Hispanic world of Lake Chapala. Jesus has painted numerous murals on Ajijic walls, including the one in the Centro Cultural Axixic. His works can be found in numerous galleries throughout Mexico and in private collections worldwide.

Talented Chapala artist, Francisco Gonzalez, “Pozole Chico”, is a graduate of the School of Plastic Arts at the University of Guadalajara. Francisco creates visions of everyday life in Mexico with an emphasis on color and texture. The striking and forceful paintings that spontaneously emerge from his palette are related to his personal perception and vivid imagination.

Victor Manuel Santillan is a superlative self-taught painter from Chapala. Since 1996 he has attended painting courses and workshops in watercolors, pastels, acrylics, and oils, as well as dry point and intaglio engraving techniques, in Guadalajara, Ajijic, Manzanillo and San Juan Cosala. He has also participated in diverse collective and individual exhibitions in Manzanillo, Guadalajara, Ajijic and Chapala. Santillan’s work was recently exhibited in the lobby of the Municipal Palace in Chapala with the theme of the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence.

After studying painting and sculpture in the Fine Arts Department of Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, DePaul Durham worked for many years in commercial art studios and as an independent graphic artist in Michigan, Illinois and Florida before moving to San Juan Cosala. DePaul’s art is a powerful cocktail of symbols and hidden meanings influenced by his new cultural environment. DePaul carries on the Mexican muralist tradition of storyteller, creating paintings designed to provoke thought, commentary and controversy, with the interpretation left to the imagination of the viewer.

Isidro Xilonzochitl, better known as XiLotL or “El Chivo“, is a San Juan Cosala painter, sculptor, muralist, engraver, art teacher and the founder of the collective art group “La Cueva”. He studied at the University of Guadalajara in the School of Plastic Arts and has participated in many individual and collective exhibitions, both in Mexico and abroad. Isidro is best known for his mural painted on the wall of Viva Mexico, Tia Lupita Restaurant in San Juan Cosala portraying the history of the town.

In addition to the great cutting edge art, the evening’s entertainment will include original poetry readings by Judy Dykstra-Brown, well-known Lakeside writer and retablo artist, Mario Puglisi, General Director of Meretrices literary magazine and author of two poetry books, Carlos Chavez, poet and co-author of the anthology “Cuadrantida” who teaches literary workshops at the Casa de Cultura Ocotlan, Mariano Espinal, an extremely talented and sensitive local poet and Luis Armenta Malpica, a very important poet from Guadalajara, author of 12 books of various literary genres and winner of nearly 40 national and international awards for poetry, short stories and novels. The music will be provided by Alfonso Nava and Cesar Nava, self-taught musicians who have performed in numerous places throughout the Ribera de Chapala and Moises “Moy” Ramirez, talented guitarist, music teacher and composer. The opening reception and welcome cocktails begin at 7 pm. This promises to be a very interesting and fun evening. For those who can’t make the opening but would like to see the artworks, they will be on display at the Joco Cultural Center through November 28th.

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