“Infortunios de la Fe” - Solo Exhibition by Mexico City Artist, Manuel Ruelas
“Infortunios de la Fe” tries to capture a phenomenon of which any human been is a part: the misfortune of getting sick, or becoming poorer, violent or corrupt within a society that presents all those possibilities. The project focuses on Mexico City, where the limit of misfortune is death. The work shows a series of figurative images where the iconography of the Aztec signs is mixed with the popular culture and reinterpreted in the light of the new mass consumption culture.
With “Infortunios de la Fe,” Manuel's work tries to capture a phenomenon of which he is a part: the misfortune of getting sick, of abandonment, becoming poorer, the death of himself or a loved one, becoming violent or corrupt within a society that presents all those possibilities. The limit of misfortune is faith and death in Mexico.
This artistic and critical work shows a part of the misfortunes of a tough and complex Mexican society that is trying to deny, with strategies of negligence, mockery and social contempt, its access to welfare and social bliss.
Manuel Ruelas is an artist born in Jalisco, Mexico and is a graduate of the University of Guadalajara. His work is influenced by the aesthetics inherited from the Mexican Popular Graphic Workshop, as well as from graphics of German expressionism of the 20th century.
“Infortunios de la Fe” will be at Galeria Beso Maya, October 5, thru the end of November 2019. This Oakland fine art gallery is the space of artist/gallerist, Yadira Cazares, and showcases the work of established and emerging Bay Area, POC artists.