Please welcome Mexican folk artist Rafael Rodríguez Contreras to Redbud for his first US gallery exhibit. His show “¡Arte Loco en Lámina de Metal!” (Crazy Art on Thin Sheet Metal) is curated by Kirk Baxter and David Waller who encountered this wonderful talent while in Mexico. Rafael is one of those creative spirits that are largely unknown and located throughout our world. They toil on a daily basis making great art that brings joy and humor to our routine lives. The exhibit will be on display from May 5 through May 27, 2018.
Artist Statement: “I was born in Mexico City on May 2, 1974. Since I was kid, I have always liked colors, shapes, and being creative using my imagination. All of my life, I have been close to the market “La Lagunilla”. In fact, one my uncles was the famous seller Ignacio Contreras Fuentes “El Chacharitas”. He took my uncles, cousins and me to La Lagunilla. At La Lagunilla, I saw art, sculpture, brass work, lamps, furniture and of course the paintings of very famous artists such as Diego Rivera, Frida Khalo, Chucho Reyes, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Chavez Morado and many more. My fascination with that world grew exponentially. I was entering into the amazing Pre-Columbian world. The Mexican culture, bargaining, and the different personalities of sellers and buyers left such a mark in my life that I had the need to express what I felt. My first approach as a kid was drawing with pencils. I did not have the chance to go to art school so I consider myself self-taught. I have been doing the same technique for 23 years: thin tin painting. It is my way to express what I feel and see and preserve my work on hard material.”