"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 am very excited to announce my participation in a co-curated show by the Dorothy Circus Gallery in Rome and London with Gallery Sumire in Tokyo. The show “Silk Road ~ The Roots ~ Our Culture” will be held at the Art Glorieux Gallery of Tokyo, Japan from June 9 thru June 15, 2022.
Dorothy Circus Gallery is proud to present a co-curated event with Gallery Sumire at “Art Glorieux Gallery of Tokyo, inaugurating on the 9th of June 2022 entitled “Silk Road ~ The Roots – Our Culture”.
On this occasion, Dorothy Circus Gallery is proud to present a group exhibition featuring nine European and five Asian artists (Alessia Iannetti, Arturo Garcia De Las Heras, Levalet, Clementine De Chabaneix, Fatima Ronquillo, MILLO, Paolo Pedroni, Silvia Idili, Sana Yoshida, Takahiro Hirabayashi, Amahi Mori, Miho Hirano and Junna Maruyama). Inspired by the historical Silk Road, the group exhibition intends to retrace the path dating back to the Roman Empire as the peak for cultural exchange. Interestingly, we metaphorically walk through this path across art and mutual research each day. Thus, the symbol of the Silk Road becomes the path for celebration for friendship and mutual empowerment in the art and culture market.
The presentation for this co-curated exhibition is an important opportunity for DCG to underline the profound esteem and admiration for Asian society and emphasise the closeness between our values once again. Furthermore, the exhibition aims to bring an intense dialogue between the representatives of the contemporary Asian movement and the European approach of the artist presented.
My solo show in Santa Fe at the Meyer Gallery has been rescheduled to December 4 – December 10, 2020. I will be releasing paintings for the show available for purchase throughout the weeks/months running up to December. So please let John, Jonathon, and Jordan at Meyer Gallery know of your interest so they can alert you as soon as they get the paintings.
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.
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.