In the Studio
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.
From the Blog
I am so delighted to announce the publication of “A Magazine Curated By Alessandro Michele”. It is such an honor to be asked to contribute by GUCCI‘s creative director Alessandro Michele. A MAGAZINE CURATED BY is a Paris-based bi-annual fashion and art magazine which invites designers and fashion houses to curate an issue as the […]
“Feast with Cupid and Vervet Monkey” 32×30 inches, oil on canvas is now available at the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe. The main inspiration came from a painting by Giovanni Bellini and Titian “Feast of the Gods”. The subject of the gods of classical antiquity engaged in a bacchic celebration was a popular theme in […]
I am pleased to announce that my new painting “Robinetta” will be in the small works group show “Une Petite Nuit” at the Meyer Gallery in Park City. The show runs from September 30 thru October 17. An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 30th, six to nine p.m. and will feature live music and […]
Thank you to everyone who attended the artist’s reception at Meyer Gallery on Canyon Road last Friday. It is always a pleasure to get to converse about the inspirations for a body of work, and to hear about people’s own interpretations and how a painting speaks to them. It was a lovely evening full of […]
In exploring the many varieties of ‘flora’ and ‘fauna’, I drew inspiration from 17th Century Dutch flower painting’s sumptuous beauty. The symbolism of flowers may speak of constancy, unrequited love, and the ephemeral nature of beauty itself. I continue to expand the role of animals in my works by looking back into the menagerie in Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s paintings. I believe companion animals reflect the inner desires, jealousies, kindnesses and hurts of their human guardians.
Two small works inspired by Shakespeare, summer, lasting love and ephemeral beauty… now available at the Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe. “Hand with W.S.’s Sonnet 18” 7×5 inches, oil on panel Sonnet 18 Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And […]
“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.”