Aug. 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm – Sep. 1, 2020 @ 12:00 pm
Artwork: Bruno Andrade, Live a Love, Oil on Canvas 76” x 96” 1993
The Mexic-Arte Museum will host its first ever Online Opening Reception for our current exhibition, Bruno Andrade Retrospective: A Native of South Texas. What does an online opening reception look like you ask? Starting on Monday, August 17th, online visitors will get a chance to look through our exhibition via our website with additional content such as exhibition virtual tours, a chance to purchase Museum Memberships at discounted prices, and ways you can continue to support the Mexic-Arte Museum!
As part of our online opening reception webpage, we encourage you to party with us for our at home reception! Nurrydog, our DJ for the event will host Mexic-Arte Museum’s first ever Instagram live dance party on Friday, August 14th from 10:00pm – 12:00am and Friday, August 21st from 10:00pm – 12:00am! Join us by visiting our Instagram account @mexic_arte and help us spread the word!
Our food partner, Arepa Dealers ATX, a local ghost kitchen offering Venezuelan Soul food to the Austin community is offering 20% off orders above $25, available on their website www.arepadealers.com during the entire month of August! Just use code artepa at checkout to apply discount. Customers can schedule their deliveries online. Make sure you place your order at least a day in advance! Delivery route runs 2:00pm – 5:00pm everyday. This offer is only available to people residing in Austin, Texas.
About the exhibition
This exhibition will mark the first retrospective exhibit from the distinguished American artist, Bruno Andrade (b. 1947 in San Antonio, Texas – 2013 in Corpus Christi, Texas). His work is inspired by nature, which he painted from memory and from his own interior vision and he is most widely known for his colorful paintings.
Bruno Andrade earned his MFA from the University of Michigan in 1977. His work is inspired by nature, which he painted from memory and from his own interior vision. He is most known for his colorful paintings. Charles Mitchell, writing in Artforum Magazine, noted Andrade’s, “easy manner and unapologetic gorgeousness” of his “unabashedly beautiful paintings,” while Jamie James recorded the energy of Andrade’s work in the pages of The New Yorker: “The most cheerful painting show in town- faux nave floral still-lifes, with pronounced echoes of Matisse, drawing on the gaudy palette of a Mexican border town.”
The artist described his ideology as follows: “I strive to be in touch with the land, particularly the land of the Texas coast. I feel nature’s power in the soil, the energy of the trees, the plants, and the flowers. By embracing the earth with my heart as well as my eyes, I am inspired with intense feelings. This is when the tree that I have been looking at becomes another type of tree. This intimacy with landscapes and still lifes has helped to develop a better sense of self and clarity in my painting. I paint not the appearance of things, but how they affect me; together all of this becomes what I need to make a painting. As in nature, I would hope my art communicates pleasure and serenity, inviting the viewer into a world of wonder.”