WHAT: “Cuatro Amigos” ARTalk
Featuring: Hal Marcus, Mauricio Mora, Daniel Padilla & Francisco Romero
WHERE: 1308 N. Oregon, El Paso, TX 79902
WHEN: Thurs. July 26, 5-8 pm
*on display thru August 24
HOURS: Tues. – Fri. 12- 5 pm, Thurs. 12-7 pm
HOW MUCH: FREE
INFO: The Cuatro Amigos found their friendship 25 years ago and the Hal Marcus Gallery has represented them for the past 22 years. We have influenced each other and continue to depict the aesthetics of the Borderland in a variety of styles. This is our first exclusive group show together.
Hal Marcus was born in 1951 in El Paso, Texas. His interest in painting began in high school and developed into a life-long passion of the arts. His sense of color originated from the influences of Mexico where as a child he accompanied his grandmother on weekly visits to the Juarez market.
His early paintings were colorful expressions of a cubistic world of shapes within shapes. His love for art slowly began to reflect the environment in which he lived. The people, streets and mountains began to show up in his works of art, and made people proud of their community along the border. Marcus began to publish cards, posters, and calendars which he sold door-to-door. The works became cultural icons for the community.
His entrepreneurial pursuits have led him to collaborate with hundreds of institutions creating images for worthy causes. His works express local and global themes derived from his experiences. Hal Marcus’ self-taught folk-art style has become main stream in the isolated art community along the Rio Grande. His works are found in public, private and corporate collections worldwide.
Hal Marcus was inducted into the El Paso Artists Hall of Fame in 2003. He served as a member and then as Chairman of the El Paso Museum of Art Advisory Board from 2004 – 2007. Marcus was appointed to the Accessions Committee for the El Paso Museum of Art serving from 2010 – 2014. He is a founding member of the Early El Paso Art Collectors Organization, (EEPACO). For 22 years the Hal Marcus Gallery has exhibited only local art, both contemporary and Early El Paso art
Mauricio Mora was born in 1968, in Cd. Juarez, Chih., Mexico. He began sketching at a very early age. After having studied graphic design and business administration at the University of Texas, he decided to follow his natural talent and began painting at the age of 24. Mauricio Mora is one of the most successful, young Hispanic artists to come out of the El Paso/Juarez area.
His contemporary Mexican figurative art quickly brought him tremendous exposure and popularity. Mora artwork is always evolving; leading him to explore and invent many different styles including fashion design, graffiti, abstract, minimalist, and pop art.
Mora has shown with the Hal Marcus Gallery for 15 years. In less than one decade he has sold thousands of paintings and prints. In his professional quest paired with his great love of adventure, he has made contacts in Paris, Asia, Mexico, New York, Miami, and Santa Fe, establishing avenues with various collectors and art dealers.
“Art like love is beyond expression. You perceive its essence- mystery, beauty and charisma- but you probably would be hard pressed to define it and as with love, you know when it hits you: you are breath-taken, your heart pauses….you are transformed.” –Mauricio Mora
Daniel Padilla was born in 1972 in El Paso Texas, but was raised in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua Mexico for his first five years. While attending school he was encouraged to paint and at times he was inspired and supervised by his father who was a fine artist until his death in 1994.
While attending Bowie High School, Daniel became a member of the Juntos Art Association and assisted in painting a mural at Thomason Hospital (now University Medical Center). In 1996 Daniel started El Paso Community College as a part-time student for two years in the study of graphic design.
Presently he works full time and paints as a second job to support his family.
He will soon become a full time artist
Francisco Romero was born in 1958 in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. At the early age of 6, he started drawing from cartoon magazines that were on display in the newspaper stands in the streets of Juarez. Painting and music was an integral part of his everyday life throughout his school years.
Francisco graduated from the University of Juarez achieving a degree in Interior and Graphic Design. Immigrating to the United States made a very significant change in his life because he has been able to exhibit his work and mature as an artist in his own right. Many people know Francisco Romero through the artwork and subsequent prints graciously created for numerous non-profit organizations.
His use of color is vibrant and aggressive. He has been inspired by the works of Fernando Botero and Diego Rivera. His themes frequently portray chubby people in humorous social situations, reflecting his love for Mexico. His subjects reflect his experiences with family, friends and his early years in Mexico.
Francisco Romero is well known throughout the El Paso, Juarez, Las Cruces area. He has had successful exhibits throughout the region. His works of art are included in local, regional, National and International collections.
MORE INFO: Contact the Hal Marcus Gallery email@example.com
Hal Marcus Gallery Open Tues. – Fri. 12 am- 5 pm, Thurs. 12-7 pm & by Appointment