Female Singapore, Jan/Feb 2021

Thank you very much to FEMALE Singapore for featuring my painting “Together” in their January/February 2021 Art & Culture Edition. It is a thrill to have them share my paintings to their audience.

“There’s always a sense of glee underlining the works of Ronquillo, known for cherubic beauties and marrying elements of folklore into her Renaissance-inflected paintings. This is from her most recent body of work: a beautiful interpretation of Emily Dickinson’s poem Hope is the Thing with Feathers.”

Imran Jalal, digital editor
This article first appeared in the Jan/Feb 2021 Art & Music Edition of FEMALE
“Together” 9×12 inches, oil on panel
©2020 Fatima Ronquillo
private collection

New etching: “Hand with Hummingbird and Lover’s Eye”

Blackrock Editions is now accepting reservations for my next print release Hand with Hummingbird and Lover’s Eye. It is a copperplate soft ground etching with aquatint and spit-bite techniques. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Navajo Water Project. When Blackrock approached me on a collaboration for their Progressive Print Project―prints with an aim towards donating part of the sales to a charity of the artist’s choosing―I felt honored and delighted to be able to help in some small way. The plight of the Navajo Nation and the Native American community in New Mexico during this pandemic has touched me deeply especially because of friends who have suffered losses and illness. I asked a Navajo friend how I could help when I learned of the print collaboration and she very graciously sent me a list of organizations. After many months of work (with the added challenges of socially distanced collaboration) and several iterations of printers and artist proofs we are finally able to offer it to the public.

Hand with Hummingbird and Lover’s Eye
2020, etching, aquatint, spit-bite
image size 8×6 inches, paper size 16×14 inches
Edition 40
For information on reserving your print, email: info@breditions.com

My friend Lisa’s grandmother provided the Navajo symbolism behind the hummingbird: “The hummingbird represents ability to perform quickly with beauty in whatever the task. So if you catch one, hold gently and bless yourself with it saying a prayer….It’s name is k’aa loo gii…”

“Together” solo show opens tonight! Meyer Gallery Facebook Live at 4pm

“Together” – a solo exhibition of new works – opens tonight at the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe. There is a limited reception at the gallery to keep everyone safe from 5-7pm. I unfortunately am not attending in person but will be in conversation on Facebook Live at 4pm. To watch the event, please go to the Meyer Gallery’s Facebook page here.

“The Watchers” new lithograph print

Blackrock Editions and I are very pleased to announce the release of The Watchers, a limited edition of 14, four-color lithograph print―the result of a printmaking collaboration from March through October 2020. The Watchers is evocative of nineteenth century lithographs with its delicate line work and elegant combination of warm and cool grays ranging from deepest black to palest pink french gray. Working on the limestone was a wonderful experience as not only did I feel connected to an old traditional medium, but the stone was responsive to the lightest and most delicate marks. This collaboration is truly a labor of love consisting of several weeks of planning, drawing, adjusting, and proofing to achieve the final print. For purchase inquiries please contact Blackrock Editions via email at info@breditions.com

I would like to thank the staff at Blackrock Editions, especially master printer Steven Campbell and Joshua Orsburn for their commitment to craft and artistry. They are a not so new printmaking studio, having their roots from the venerable Landfall Press. Blackrock Editions was formed in 2020 as a fine art print shop with a focus on under-represented artists including women artists, artists of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Please follow them via instagram @blackrockeditions

The Watchers
2020, 4-color lithograph, edition of 14
paper size: 30×22 inches / image size: 26×17 inches
Collaboration between artist Fatima Ronquillo and staff of Landfall Press / Blackrock Editions during March-October 2020

for purchase inquiry, please contact Blackrock Editions 
email: info@breditions.com

New paintings of flora, fauna, love and loss

I am pleased to present three new paintings which will be included in my upcoming solo show in Santa Fe on December 4. Please contact the Meyer Gallery for availability and purchase inquiries at email: meyersfnm@aol.com or via phone at 800-779-7387 or 505-983-1434

In creating this series of work, I found myself drawn to twisting florals and vines as if being cocooned by nature. All through the spring and summer, I have found solace and comfort through walking in nature, appreciating the wildflowers and birds inhabiting this beautiful New Mexico landscape. This fall is especially beautiful, the Aspens gilding the mountains with their golden leaves. I return to the recurring theme of Flora and Fauna to explore our relationship with Nature and that of Love and Loss because it is a time of strengthening our relationships with each other and a time of grief and hope.

In what other lives or lands
Have I known your lips
Your Hands
Your Laughter brave
Those sweet excesses that
I do adore.
What surety is there
That we will meet again,
On other worlds some
Future time undated.
I defy my body’s haste.
Without the promise
Of one more sweet encounter
I will not deign to die.

~ REFUSAL by Maya Angelou

Refusal: Hand with Maya Angelou
2020, oil on panel, 7×5 inches

Clasped Hands with Hummingbirds and Passiflora
2020, oil on panel, 12×12 inches
The Watchers
2020, oil on panel, 20×16 inches