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Art exhibit at the mayor’s gallery features work of ex-ambassador and his wife

By Michel Blanchard

The art exhibition “Reality as a Pretext and the Myth of the Ephemeral,” currently showing at the Galleria de la Alcaldía, on the corner of Presidente Borrero and Simón Bolívar, is composed of mostly large works or art in strong colors, a modern, colorful invitation to an internal voyage that invokes myth and the essence of humanity.

The exhibit, co-organized by the Municipal Museum of Modern Art, the Department of Culture of the Municipality of Cuenca, as well as Fusion Ideal, an arts-promoting enterprise, will continue to November 26.

The artists and friends at exhibit opening. Left to right: Left to right: Cristina Carrasco (director of the Museum of Modern Art), Rosa Crespo, Liz Pesantez from Fusión Ideal, Michel Blanchard, Maria Eulalia Corral Vega (artist), Dr. Byron Morejón (artist).

The art works are a collaboration of two celebrated artists, former ambassador Byron Morejón and María Eulalia Corral Vega, whose works have been shown across Europe. Byron Morejón is a member of the prestigious “Société des Artistes Indépendants,” founded by the French Impressionist painters in Paris in 1884.

In their work, the artists explore myth as an essential part of the culture, and the use of fruit as a metaphor for essential elements of life.

“The myth is part of man, it is the human being who creates the myth because it is a way of explaining the inexplicable”, says María Eulalia, about this myth that is proper to human beings. “This is why Byron and I explore the world of myths and mythologies, and mythical characters, with Icarus especially, the winged god of freedom.”

Mythology enriches cultures and explains the transcendence of the human being. Under that perception, Byron introduces that world of myths and realities to his paintings and drawings. “Mythology is ephemeral and realities tend to become ephemeral. Today with even more force, its presence is everywhere, in our everyday surroundings,” he says.

According to him, each painting is a new discovery of the infinite world.

The works hanging in the Galería de la Alcaldía, approximately 40 pieces, include paintings, diptychs and triptychs, as well as drawings. They are remarkably luminous works, with bold colors and complex techniques. The human body and elements of nature such as fruit are the core of the art. Space, color, and composition create the aesthetics and harmony of these strong art pieces.
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Michel Blanchard is a graduate of McGill University with a degree in Fine Arts. He was Lifestyle Editor for Palm Springs (California) Life magazine in for 10 years. He has been an active supporter of Cuenca arts and cultural events since moving to Cuenca in 2009.

  • Michel Blanchard

    Amazing art in the city!

  • m hiatt

    The art looks fiery and primal. Thanks for the art news Michel.