“The Tempest” and “Child with Milagros”

Two new paintings are currently available: “The Tempest” at Arden Gallery in Boston and “Child with Milagros” at Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe.

The idea for “The Tempest” came from two different sources. The first is Shakespeare’s play of the same title and the second from Fiordiligi’s aria of steadfast love in Mozart’s opera “Cosí Fan Tutte”. I wanted to depict hope and strength of character in the face of adversity, symbolized by a figure confronting a gathering storm.

“The Tempest” oil on panel, 20×16 inches
available at Arden Gallery, Boston

If by your art, my dearest father, you have
Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them,
The sky, it seems would pour down the stinking pitch,
But that the sea, mounting to th’welkin’s cheek,
Dashes the fire out, O, I have suffered
With those that I saw suffer: a brave vessel―
Who had, no doubt, some noble creature in her―
Dashed all to pieces, O, the cry did knock
Against my very heart, Poor souls, they perished.
Had I been any god of power, I would
Have sunk the sea within the earth, or ere
It should the good ship so have swallowed, and
The fraughting souls within her.

~ William Shakespeare “The Tempest”

Come scoglio immoto resta
Contra i venti, e la tempesta,
Così ognor quest’alma è forte
Nella fede, e nell’amor.
Con noi nacque quella face
Che ci piace, e ci consola,
E potrà la morte sola
Far che cangi affetto il cor.

~ Mozart “Così Fan Tutte”

Like a rock, we stand immobile
against the wind and storm,
and are always strong
in trust and love.
From us is born the light
that gives us pleasure and comfort,
and the power of death alone
can change the affections of our hearts.

~ (English translation by Natalie Miller)

“Child with Milagros ” oil on panel, 10×8 inches
available at Meyer Gallery, Santa Fe

“Child with Milagros” is currently on exhibit at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe. It is part of the group show “GenNext: Future So Bright” featuring contemporary artists working with New Mexican imagery with historical and indigenous roots. The show runs thru March 29, 2019. The painting is available for purchase from the Meyer Gallery in Santa Fe.

Milagros are religious charms used as votive offerings at altars or shrines to aid in the healing of illnesses and wounds. They are often fashioned in the forms of body parts. In this painting, a pair of coral arms and a sacred heart are worn on a necklace.

Solo Exhibition: “Arcadia”

“Baby Dionysus Riding a Cheetah” 32×30 inches, oil on canvas

Fatima Ronquillo’s recent explorations in mythological studies influence her latest work, which is a continuation of her charming, classically inspired painting style.  The Santa Fe artist borrows techniques and styles from European Old Masters, Spanish Colonial artists and other genres from the past; she then blends this Old World aesthetic with modern ideologies. Ronquillo often illustrates themes from literature, opera or theater through playful and witty narratives. Lately, epics and tales from Greek mythology have taken over her pre-conceived storylines.

For this year’s solo show, Ronquillo has created a series of paintings that are set on the fabled island of Arcadia, which in ancient Greek mythologies was an unspoiled utopia representing idyllic happiness. Ronquillo’s overarching theme through this body of work is the search for Arcadia and that unreachable idea of a perfect society. The journey begins with “The Cartographer,” whose central figure stands in front of an allegorical map of Arcadia. Other pieces in the show illustrate scenes from this paradise. In “Homecoming,” Hebe the goddess of youth and beauty offers a cup of ambrosia to a crowned eagle. Poised next to her on a stone ledge is a bowl filled with fruits and flowers of the earth, while an ideal landscape reminiscent of Baroque painter Claude Lorrain fills the background.

Local influence seeps into Ronquillo’s mythological subject matter in “The Wanderers,” where a young girl rides a buffalo through a New Mexican landscape, often referred to as the “land of enchantment.” The peregrine falcon and the American bison shown in this piece have symbolic meaning as both have recently rebounded from an endangered species status. “The preservation of wildlife is precarious,” says Ronquillo. “Perhaps our Arcadia ought to be one of a peaceable kingdom.”

Explore Ronquillo’s painted paradise on Friday evening, September 14that the opening reception for “Arcadia.”

~ Kelly Skeen

“Masked Apollo” 12×9 inches, oil on panel

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“Homecoming” 54×46 inches, oil on linen

“The Wanderers” 54×46 inches, oil on linen

“The Death of Adonis” 8×6 inches, oil on panel

“The Cartographer” 20×16 inches, oil on panel

“Hand with Crowned Marmoset” 10×10 inches, oil on panel

Announcing My Debut Book: SPELLBOUND

I am very excited to announce my upcoming debut book Spellbound. It is a retrospective to be published by the wonderful Unicorn Publishing Group. In addition to producing beautiful books, they are a delight to work with.

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Photograph © Rhiana Roque

Press Release from Unicorn:

Unicorn acquires Santa Fe artist Fatima Ronquillo’s Spellbound

Unicorn, the visual art imprint of Unicorn Publishing Group LLP, is pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement with Santa Fe, New Mexico, artist Fatima Ronquillo for a Spring 2019 publication of a retrospective art solo, Spellbound, her debut book, which was acquired by Unicorn’s Chicago office. Ronquillo, a fast-rising star of the Santa Fe art community, is known and admired for her combinations of the techniques of the Old Masters with a playful, modern sensibility to create a world where Art History meets with imagined characters from literature, theatre, and opera.

Born in San Fernando, Philippines in 1976, Fatima Ronquillo emigrated as a child to the United States in 1987 where her family settled in San Antonio, Texas. Completely self-taught she began exhibiting her work from the age of fifteen and is now widely collected in the United States and internationally. Her work has appeared in numerous art publications including American Arts Quarterly, Southwest Artand, American Art Collector as well as in the fashion magazines Vogue Gioiello, Marie Claire, and in a Gucci special project, A Magazine Curated By Alessandro Michele. She lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Don Linn of Unicorn says “Unicorn is very excited to be working with Fatima Ronquillo, whose paintings I loved at first sight. Her Old Masters painting technique is extraordinary and there’s always a twist…a hint of wry humor beneath the surface. We look forward to sharing her paintings with an even wider audience. I’m confident they’ll become instant fans.”

Ronquillo says, “For the past decade, my painting life has been a meditation on the themes of love and devotion, enchanted flora and fauna, and personal and ancient mythologies. I have been spellbound by the hypnotic beauty of birds and beasts, and the ambiguous gaze of isolated figures. I am delighted that Unicorn is publishing my book of collected works and sharing this wondrous strange world of imagery.”

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art

I am very pleased and honored to announce my participation in a group show of wonderful artists at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “GenNext: Future So Bright” opens this Friday, May 4 and runs through November 25, 2018. Please come and celebrate the opening fiesta this Friday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

20180010“Girl and Goat at the Summit” 40×30 inches, oil on panel. Private Collection.

20180009“Crowned Nun with Marmoset” 30×24 inches, oil on canvas. Private Collection.



“Mythologies” show

The Meyer Gallery in Park City, Utah presents a solo exhibition of paintings inspired by classical mythologies in Ovid’s Metapmorhoses. Please celebrate with us on opening night this Friday, February 23, 5-7pm.

“Hebe with Crested Serpent Eagle” oil on canvas, 32×30 inches

“Hermes with Billet Doux” oil on panel, 14 x 11 inches

“Athena in Armor with Little Owl” oil on panel, 16×12 inches

“The Little Muse Erato” 8×6 inches, oil on panel

“Actaeon and His Dogs” oil on panel, 24×18 inches

“Narcissus” oil on panel, 10×8 inches

“Little Hercules with Serpent” oil on panel, 12×9 inches

“Juno and the Peacock” oil on canvas, 40 x 32 inches

Little Chief with Dog
“Little Chief with Dog” oil on canvas on panel, 20×16 inches