DSC_0491 (1)Biography

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.

Artist Statement

I am fascinated by the complex nature of love, at once a source of pleasure and pain. There is the ecstasy felt by the chosen beloved or ardent admirer. Love’s fleeting nature however, also highlights the despairs of the forsaken, unnoticed and forgotten lovers, often symbolized by physically visible wounds.

The surreal aspect of an isolated lover’s eye attracts me tremendously—the idea of physical dismemberment which is symbolic of a removal or estrangement of a loved one, not unlike the reliquaries of saints in old devotional images. It reminds me of the mexican ‘milagros’ – little charms of different body parts used to aid in praying for the healing of broken arms or hearts, or even eyes. Compositionally speaking, the framed ornamental eye gives context and a reason for a floating third or fourth eye in a painting. It is a device of conceit: a portrait within a portrait. Love tokens such as cupid’s arrow, the billet doux or the lover’s eye are symbolic of the figure represented and the absent figure―the object/source of affection/heartbreak.


Resumé / C.V.

BORN: Philippines, 1976

LIVES/WORKS: Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A

UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

  • September 16 – 22, 2016, Flora and Fauna, Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2015    Reveries, Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2015    Possession, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2014    The Sublime Vignette, Meyer Gallery, Park City, Utah
  • 2014    Dreamers, Arden Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2014    Tesoro Mio, Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2013    Attachment, Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2013    Private Revolution, Wally Workman Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2012    Love and Loss, Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2011    Devotion, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2011    Recuerdos, Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2010    Wondrous Journey, Meyer East Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • 2010    Secret Narratives, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2009    O Brave New World, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2006    Town Life, Accolades, Ventura, California
  • 2004    New Paintings, Accolades, Ventura, California
  • 2003    New Paintings, Accolades, Ventura, California
  • 2002    Magandang Buhay (Beautiful Life), Buenaventura Gallery, Ventura, California

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2013    Arden Gallery Booth, Art Hamptons Fine Art Fair, Bridgehampton, New York
  • 2013    Complexity, Meyer Gallery, Park City, Utah
  • 2012    On The Rise, Meyer Gallery, Park City, Utah
  • 2011    After Dark, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2010    Mirror/Mirror, Meyer Gallery, Park City, Utah
  • 2010    30th Anniversary Show, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2010    A Grand Affair, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2009    Feast, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2009    A Grand Affair, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2008    Twelve, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2008    The Boat Show, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2008    A Grand Affair, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2007    Alice in Wonderland, Wally Workman Gallery, Austin, Texas
  • 2002    17 Asian American Artists: Asian American Experience, Studio Channel Islands Art Center, California State University Channel Islands, Oxnard, California
  • 2001    8th Annual Classic Competition, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California
  • 1999    Inland Exhibition XXXV, San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, California
  • 1998    30th Multi-Media Mini Show, San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, California
  • 1995    Welcome To Our World: Seventeen Young Artists, Centro Cultural Aztlan, San Antonio,Texas
  • 1994    Welcome To Our World: Seventeen Young Artists, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio,Texas
  • 1994    Mirrors/Windows, Great Hall Gallery at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1994    Our World: Twenty Young Artists, Centro Cultural Aztlan, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1993    Our World: Twenty Young Artists, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1993    Hispanic Heritage, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico San Antonio Extension, San Antonio, Texas

HONORS

  • 2015     Official Poster Artist, 20th Annual Texas Book Festival
  • 2002    Artist Fellowship Grant, City of Ventura Cultural Arts Grants Program, Ventura, California

PUBLICATIONS / COLLABORATIONS

  • Editions Barbe à Pop, Sébastian Escande, Grand Salon de la Micro-Edition #4, Lyon, France, April 2013

ARTICLES / REVIEWS