“Mad Enchantment” solo show

“There is a mad enchantment that possess the heart and mind when confronted by the possibilities glimpsed through visions of beauty and love…”

Santa Fe artist Fatima Ronquillo has created a body of work that is inspired by a feeling of intoxicating adoration. Her cherub-like subjects participate in situations of blind love set during springtime’s fleeting beauty. This ephemeral world that Ronquillo creates is filled with mythological subjects, blossoming flora and an enthralling innocence that is at once whimsical and nostalgic. The artist’s rich inspirations are derived from opera, literature and art history, allowing the viewer to marvel at Ronquillo’s classical techniques through a modern lens. “Painting in an Old Master’s style is difficult and engaging,” says the artist of her process. “I’ve been painting all these years and yet everyday I learn something new.”

Ronquillo was born in the Philippines in 1976 and emigrated to the United States at ten years old when her family moved to San Antonio. A self-taught artist, Ronquillo’s interest in art history and works of the past began when she was a child and continue to inform her painting style. Love, requited or unrequited, is a recurring theme in Ronquillo’s art and is portrayed through classical symbolism and magical realism. One symbol that is commonly found in Ronquillo’s work is the Lover’s Eye, a sentimental adornment that became popular in the 1700s with affluent families. Miniature paintings were commissioned to depict the eye of a loved one and were worn as a brooch or pendant with a decorated frame. Lover’s Eyes show up in Ronquillo’s paintings as reinterpreted historical references and symbols of infatuation. Another common symbol in Ronquillo’s work is the blindfold, which is often translucent to refer to the idea that while love is blind, it comes with an unapologetic awareness. The young cupid in “Blind Love” bears both symbols as he holds a Lover’s Eye close to his heart while gazing intently at the viewer through a sheer blindfold. Ronquillo laughs at this mischievous character in her painting. “He knows exactly what he’s doing,” she jokes.

Ronquillo’s lyrical paintings charm us with their innocence while drawing us into wistfully romantic narratives. Join us for the opening reception of “Mad Enchantment” on Friday, September 15th from 5-7pm.

– Kelly Skeen

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“Wounded Mystic” 10×8 inches, oil on panel
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“Bacchus with Little Pan” 24×20 inches, oil on panel
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“The Judgement of Paris” 18×14 inches, oil on linen on panel
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“Mad Enchantment” 40×30 inches, oil on canvas
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“Bound Cherubina” 7.75×5.75, oil on panel
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“Blind Love” 10×8 inches, oil on panel
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“Cupbearer with Ornate Hawk Eagle” 30×24 inches, oil on canvas
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“Allegory of Spring” 24×20 inches, oil on panel

 

Allegory of Spring

There is a mad enchantment that possesses the heart and mind when confronted by the possibilities glimpsed through visions of beauty and love.
“Allegory of Spring” is the first of the paintings for my upcoming solo exhibition “Mad Enchantment” at Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe. The opening reception is on September 15, from 5-7 pm and runs thru the 21st.
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“Allegory of Spring” 24×20 inches, oil on panel
The Spring 

by Thomas Carew

Now that the winter’s gone, the earth hath lost
Her snow-white robes, and now no more the frost
Candies the grass, or casts an icy cream
Upon the silver lake or crystal stream;
But the warm sun thaws the benumbed earth,
And makes it tender; gives a sacred birth
To the dead swallow; wakes in hollow tree
The drowsy cuckoo, and the humble-bee.
Now do a choir of chirping minstrels bring
In triumph to the world the youthful Spring.
The valleys, hills, and woods in rich array
Welcome the coming of the long’d-for May.
Now all things smile, only my love doth lour;
Nor hath the scalding noonday sun the power
To melt that marble ice, which still doth hold
Her heart congeal’d, and makes her pity cold.
The ox, which lately did for shelter fly
Into the stall, doth now securely lie
In open fields; and love no more is made
By the fireside, but in the cooler shade
Amyntas now doth with his Chloris sleep
Under a sycamore, and all things keep
Time with the season; only she doth carry
June in her eyes, in her heart January.
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“Une Petite Nuit” small works show

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I am pleased to announce that my new painting “Robinetta” will be in the small works group show “Une Petite Nuit” at the Meyer Gallery in Park City. The show runs from September 30 thru October 17.  An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 30th, six to nine p.m. and will feature live music and petit four treats.

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“Robinetta” 8×6 inches, oil on panel, available at Meyer Gallery, Park City

 

“Flora and Fauna” opening night

Thank you to everyone who attended the artist’s reception at Meyer Gallery on Canyon Road last Friday. It is always a pleasure to get to converse about the inspirations for a body of work, and to hear about people’s own interpretations and how a painting speaks to them. It was a lovely evening full of good company accompanied by a seasonal Santa Fe late afternoon monsoon shower.

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“Flora and Fauna” Solo Show Sep 16-22

I am pleased to announce “Flora and Fauna”, my solo exhibition of paintings at the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe. Please join us for the opening reception tomorrow, Friday, September 16 at 5 – 7 p.m. The show runs through the 22nd.

In exploring the many varieties of ‘flora’ and ‘fauna’, I drew inspiration from 17th Century Dutch flower painting’s sumptuous beauty. The symbolism of flowers may speak of constancy, unrequited love, and the ephemeral nature of beauty itself. I continue to expand the role of animals in my works by looking back into the menagerie in Jean-Baptiste Oudry’s paintings. I believe companion animals reflect the inner desires, jealousies, kindnesses and hurts of their human guardians.

I would like to thank all the wonderful supporters and collectors of my paintings as well as the great staff at Meyer Gallery for the pre-sales and their continuing support. There are still a handful of paintings available. Please contact the gallery for details.