"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
I’m on TV! Back in October of last year, I spent a day of filming with the crew of “Artful” a documentary series featuring Utah and nearby artists. It was a wholly new and fun experience. I share the episode with artist Justin Wheatley. In the episode I share my studio process, my studio space and the inspirations behind my paintings. Please tune in tomorrow, Sunday May 31 at 11:30 am and 3:00 pm Mountain Time. The episode streams here.
“Evanescence: Hand with Hummingbirds and Orchids” graces the cover of Spanish poet Maria Sotomayor’s new collection of works Misericordia. How apt it is that a painting inspired by poetry―Emily Dickinson’s “A Route of Evanescence”―should serve as the book cover. Letraversal Editorial de Poesía is an independent Spanish queer poetry press.
I hope you are all very well and staying healthy. Paintings for my upcoming show in August at the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe are progressing. It has been a challenge creating in the pandemic, one cycles through oddly peaceful quiet studio time to sorrowful and fraught days. The paintings will inevitably reflect all these emotions and I hope to be able to give a sneak peek soon. Meanwhile here are two paintings available at the Meyer Gallery in Park City.
I am very happy to announce my solo exhibition of new paintings—Florilegium— at the Meyer Gallery in Park City, Utah. An opening reception will be held this Friday, February 28th from 6-9 p.m. during the Park City Gallery Stroll.
florilegium: a collection of literary extracts (an anthology) from Early 17th century modern Latin, literally ‘bouquet’ (from Latin flos, flor- ‘flower’ + legere ‘gather’)
My inspiration for this body of work came from a desire to combine the language of flowers with an anthology of poetry. I selected poems and imagery that are evocative of paradise gained and lost. “The Lovebirds”—a double portrait of a couple in love inspired by William Shakespeare’s song It Was a Lover and His Lass—is full of the promise of springtime and conjugal happiness. In contrast, “Evanescence: Hand with Hummingbirds and Orchids”—inspired by Emily Dickinson’s poem Evanescence—depicts the precariousness of nature, with fires consuming the rainforest in the background. “Xanadu” and “The Lotus-Eaters” beckon us to escape into dreamlands which are full of beauty, mystery and danger. Please click on individual images below to see more of the painting and to read the accompanying literary excerpt.
My book Spellbound is one of the selections for the 2019 Texas Book Festival, one of the largest and prestigious literary festivals in the country. Please join me at The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center as I speak and converse about the book and my paintings on Saturday, October 26, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. followed by a book signing from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. I very much look forward to meeting you at the festival. If you are unable to attend the festival but wish to purchase a signed copy of Spellbound you may obtain a copy from the official festival bookseller, Bookpeople, or from the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Spellbound is also available wherever books are sold.
The 24th annual Texas Book Festival will be held October 26-27, 2019. The Festival runs from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Texas Book Festival Weekend is free and open to the public and takes place in Austin, Texas, at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds. Please visit the festival website at texasbookfestival.org for more information on attending the festival, book sales and book signing, and event schedule.There are 300+ authors at the event including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, John Grisham, Alexander McCall-Smith, Malcolm Gladwell and Pulitzer finalist Susan Choi.
Spellbound has been a labor of love of nearly two years. It is a collection of nearly 200 of my most beloved paintings from 2008-2018 along with essays on recurring themes and inspirations and my journey as an artist. It is published by the Unicorn Publishing Group from the United Kingdom.
Spellbound is the first book-length retrospective of Fatima Ronquillo, a self-taught painter who was born in the Philippines, came of age in San Antonio, and resides in Santa Fe. The Spanish and American colonial histories of these three places—and the uneasy blend of cultures that resulted there—is a subtle presence in Ronquillo’s work, where Old World techniques rub elbows with tropes drawn from Latin American magical realism. The world of Spellbound is one that marries traditional portraiture with a subversive sense of drama and playfulness. Ronquillo’s stately subjects gaze out with a regal or military bearing while angels and animals flit mischievously around the margins. Dogs wear their master’s tearful eyeballs as collar jewelry, cherubic boys clutch writhing snakes in their fists, and nuns adorn their habits with ungainly floral towers and spritely jungle monkeys.
Spellbound contains more than one hundred eighty color images of Ronquillo’s lush and deadpan oil paintings, the studies and sketches for several other works, and an introduction from noted arts writer John O’Hern.
from Unicorn Publishing
I am so honored to be a part of the festival not only as an author but as a past official artist for the 20th Anniversary of the festival in 2015.
I am honored to be participating in a group show “Making Her Mark: Art by Women” at the Meyer Gallery, Park City. Opening reception on August 30th from 6-9 pm during Park City Gallery Stroll. The show will hang until the last week of September.
My latest painting “The Peacemaker” will be on view. It is a portrait of a young woman making her mark by fighting for peace. She is crowned with the laurels of victory and poetry and in her hand are apple blossoms symbolizing renewal.
Spellbound is the first survey of the self-taught artist’s paintings. Over the past decade, Fatima Ronquillo has created a personal modern aesthetic by combining European old master techniques with a magical realism found in Early American Colonial and Latin American Art. Ronquillo presents an imagined world of personages in military or exotic costumes who confront viewers with an ambiguous gaze. These figures are often accompanied by mischievous cupids dressed as Mozartian pages or wild animals which are either spirit guides or inner demons. Often they are shown with mementos or ‘recuerdos’ such as the lover’s eye jewelry to demonstrate one of the many stages of love, from the bliss of the requited to the despair of the rejected. Alongside the recurring theme of love, lush flora and mysterious fauna offer a glimpse into a world of myth and theatre. These compositions marry traditional portraiture, often Set against pastoral and idyllic landscapes, with an underlying sense of drama and playfulness. Ronquillo’s paintings are visions of beauty and love which incite a mad enchantment to the heart and mind.