Art Space Crispín Vayadares
Last Saturday (March 30, 2013) Art Space Crispín Vayadares (Espacio de Arte Crispín Vayadares) officially opened to the public in Plaza Lucero which is son the corner of Cinco de mayo and Constitución streets, right next to the Temple of Santo Domingo. He opened with a retrospective of his work from his thirty-odd years as a painter. Vayadares has participated in more than one hundred exhibitions both nationally and internationally. He won the Boca Raton Museum of Fort Lauderdale Juror´s Prize in 1993 as well as the Mexican National Legislature´s gold medal for distinguished citizens. He has had articles published of his work in Vogue Mexico, Casas y Gente, Arte al Día, La Jornada y el Financiero. Needless to say, his work can be found in many private and public collections.
Vayadares´ work is inspired in the rich textile tradition of Oaxaca. As a young boy, he grew up in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (Crispin Vayadares was born in San Miguel del Puerto, Pochutla, Oaxaca), where he sold gum, candies and fish that the fishermen had given him off the docks of Salina Cruz, in the market place with its over-whelming bustle of smells, sounds, and colors. That was his first unconscious encounter with plasticity, especially the typical attire of tehuana women hawking their wares, swaying their wide hips, a cascade of bordered flowers dancing rhythmically to the ground, as if fallen from heaven. And against a sky of velvet night, cadmium yellow, cerulean blue, crimson, scarlet, alizarin red sparkling like swirling stars become exotic flowers, the embroidery made a world that for many would have been gray, burst with color and form and texture. Thus, Vayadares, deep rooted in memory and nostalgia, weaves color with the paint brush and the spatula until his paintings themselves become lush tapestries, combining animals and scenes from his beloved childhood.
Recently, the artist has begun painting metal comals (the round discs that Mexican women use to make tortillas, memelas, etc.). Each comal is an original painting and speaks to us of hearth, of memory, and of hope. The image of mother waking up before dawn to make the day´s supply of tortillas over her hearth fire is one familiar to many Mexicans. And in a country where hardship for many is a constant, it is also an image of hope.
For those who love Oaxacan art, textiles, and tradition; it would be well worth their while to visit Crispin Vayadares´ new gallery and celebrate with him the vitality of color, of being, and of hope.
By Katherine Wong
ALGUNAS EXPOSICIONES INDIVIDUALES
2013 “Las Paisanas Llegaron Ya”, Galería Arte de Oaxaca, Oaxaca de
2012 “Amorcito Corazón”, Cámara de Senadores de la República, México
2011 “El Cantar de los Cantares”, Centro Cultural Casa LAMM,
México DF, y Galería Arte de Oaxaca, Oax. De Juarez.
“Esta tarde vi llover”, Galería Casa Colón, Mérida, Yucatán.
2009 “Hasta que la Luna Ya No Sea”, Museo del Palacio, Oaxaca de Juárez.
2008 “La Tierra Prometida”, Galería Arte Actual Mexicano, San Pedro Garza
“Después del Diluvio”, Ex – Convento de Santo Domingo: Museo de
Las Culturas, Oaxaca de Juárez.
2006 “Sobre Las Olas”, Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños, Oaxaca de
2001 “El Telar de los Colores”, Galería Estela Shapiro, México. D.F., México.
1999 “EL Canto Alegre de la Vida”, Galería Arte Mexicano, Oaxaca, Oax.
1995 “Caras y Verduras”, Galería Pacífico, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, México.
1990 “Crispín Vayadares: Obra Reciente”, Galería Arte Actual Mexicano,
Monterrey, N.L., México.
ALGUNAS EXPOSICIONES COLECTIVAS
2009 “Entre Paréntesis”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca.
2001 “Propios y Extraños”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca.
1996 “Vicio y Virtud”, Museo de la Ciudad, México, D.F.
“Arte del Continente”, Galería NAFINSA Securities, Nueva York, N.Y.
1994 “Arte y Alma de Oaxaca”, Instituto Cultural de México, Washington
DC, e Instituto Cultural Mexicano, San Antonio, Texas, USA.
1993 “ALL FLORIDA OPEN”, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL.
1987 “Pintura Oaxaqueña”, Museo Carillo Gil, México D,F.
“Exposición Inaugural” Museo Hermila Castellanos, Comitán, Chiapas, México.
“Encuentro de Pintores de MATAMOROS, QUERÉTARO, JUCHITÁN”
Museo de Arte de Querétaro, Qro., México.
2007 RECONOCIEMIENTO DE TRAYECTORIA ARTÍSTICA Y MEDALLA DE ORO
DEL CONGRESO DE LA UNIÒN XL LEGISLATURA.
1993 PREMIO DE JURADO, 42ND ALL FLORIDA OPEN, BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART, BOCA RATON, FL. USA.
All photos by Alan Goodin
March 31, 2013