The classically inspired imagery of Santa Fe-based painter Fatima Ronquillo 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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Santa Fean Magazine, The Art Issue. June/July 2014 page 44 Fatima Ronquillo is enamored with what she calls “the earnestness of colonial folk art.” the Philippines-born, Texas-raised artist, who shows at Meyer East Gallery on Canyon Road, taught herself to paint by copying old paintings and drawings, and she explains that “looking for prototypes or […]
“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.”