Santa Fe-based artist Fatima Ronquillo is a self-taught painter whose classically inspired imagery evokes a world of serenity and charm. Her paintings of mysterious personages, often set against pastoral and idyllic landscapes, are accented with an underlying sense of drama and playfulness. These intimate works are painted in the style of European old masters coupled with a magical realism rooted in folk and colonial Latin American traditions. Hers is an authentic voice that echoes from an inner world where art history meets with nostalgia and imagined characters from literature, theatre and opera.
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Poets and Artists Issue #53: “Love” March 2014 Curated by Marina Press 1. What are these paintings of? Tell me a little bit about each one? “Abbandonata” is about loss and mourning. It actually depicts a painting of a dead bird I found on one of my walks near my home. It was such […]
“Hers is an art quite literally full of life.”
Los Angeles Times
“These jewel-like paintings intuitively fuse different aesthetic traditions, folk art and old master, with natural grace and an uncanny quality that may be a species of magic.”
American Arts Quarterly
“… embraces her forebears not just intellectually but with her heart as well. Honest art is art worth paying attention to.”