I am very excited to announce my upcoming debut book Spellbound. It is a retrospective to be published by the wonderful Unicorn Publishing Group. In addition to producing beautiful books, they are a delight to work with.

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Press Release from Unicorn:

Unicorn acquires Santa Fe artist Fatima Ronquillo’s Spellbound

Unicorn, the visual art imprint of Unicorn Publishing Group LLP, is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Santa Fe, New Mexico, artist Fatima Ronquillo for a Spring 2019 publication of a retrospective art solo, Spellbound, her debut book, which was acquired by Unicorn’s Chicago office. Ronquillo, a fast-rising star of the Santa Fe art community, is known and admired for her combinations of the techniques of the Old Masters with a playful, modern sensibility to create a world where Art History meets with imagined characters from literature, theatre, and opera.

Born in San Fernando, Philippines in 1976, Fatima Ronquillo emigrated as a child to the United States in 1987 where her family settled in San Antonio, Texas. Completely self-taught she began exhibiting her work from the age of fifteen and is now widely collected in the United States and internationally. Her work has appeared in numerous art publications including American Arts Quarterly, Southwest Artand, American Art Collector as well as in the fashion magazines Vogue Gioiello, Marie Claire, and in a Gucci special project, A Magazine Curated By Alessandro Michele. She lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Don Linn of Unicorn says “Unicorn is very excited to be working with Fatima Ronquillo, whose paintings I loved at first sight. Her Old Masters painting technique is extraordinary and there’s always a twist…a hint of wry humor beneath the surface. We look forward to sharing her paintings with an even wider audience. I’m confident they’ll become instant fans.”

Ronquillo says, “For the past decade, my painting life has been a meditation on the themes of love and devotion, enchanted flora and fauna, and personal and ancient mythologies. I have been spellbound by the hypnotic beauty of birds and beasts, and the ambiguous gaze of isolated figures. I am delighted that Unicorn is publishing my book of collected works and sharing this wondrous strange world of imagery.”