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McALLEN – The International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) invites the public to the opening reception for an exhibition featuring the Hermes Music Foundation Art Collection. It includes works by international masters Enrique Mondragon and Carlos Aguilar.
It kicks off with an opening reception on Thursday, March 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Cardenas Gallery, where the collection will be on display through June 8. Featuring an array of oil paintings and sculptures by Mondragon and Aguilar, the works highlight influences that inspire both artists including art, culture, spirituality and artistic representations of persons, animal, life and nature.
Praised by colleagues as a painter of light and color, Mondragon is a master of impressionism, having begun his art education at age 14 at the famed Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado (ENPEG) or "La Esmeralda” in Mexico City. It was there that the Italian Maestro Antonio Bologna taught him the art of the blade, an application technique via spatula that he still uses to this day in his oil paintings.
Heavily inspired by nature, Mondragon often paints outdoors and his work reflects the characteristic passion and strength that has become synonymous with his reputation as an artist.
He has enjoyed widespread success and since first showcasing his work publicly in 1971. His paintings have been exhibited in some of the most prestigious galleries and museums in Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United States, Canada and Germany.
Carlos Aguilar was dubbed the “Marcel Marceau of Sculpture” by Marcel Marceau for his ability to use form and space to show things that are not there. Aguilar has also gained international recognition as a sculptor for his masterworks in bronze. Inspired by jazz music, Aguilar has rubbed shoulders with luminaries of the music world including Ray Brown, Louie Bellson, John Lewis, BB King and Paquito D'Rivera, whose music has inspired the forms and expression that are trademarks in Aguilar’s body of work.
In addition to creating works for personalities like Bill Clinton and Marceau, Aguilar’s sculptures have received both critical and commercial acclaim and been featured in galleries and exhibitions in Mexico, the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, France and Italy.
The exhibition’s opening reception is free to IMAS members and is included in the price of general admission for all other guests. For more information, call 682-0123.
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