Arturo Avila Garcia’s Artwork Featured At Art On Park Gallery In Lake Park

Art On Park Gallery in Lake Park, FL. will be showing  the artwork of Arturo Avila-Garcia, an award winning Colombian-American painter born in Bogotá. The public is invited to meet the artist at the Free, Opening Reception on Friday, June 1st.  The exhibition is open and free to view from May 21 through June 15th.  Chosen by The Museum of Modern Art in Bogota for their biannual exhibition as one of the most influential young artists, Arturo’s journey of self discovery through painting brings the viewer a variety of colors and images.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Lake Park is an “art happening”!

 

 

FEATURES:

ARTURO  AVILA-GARCIA

“BLUES”

Free, Opening Reception:

 

Friday, June 1st   

5 – 8 PM

Exhibition is available May 21 through June 15

ART ON  PARK  GALLERY

800 Park Avenue  Lake Park, FL  33403

Monday through Saturday Noon to 6 PM

561-345-2842

 

 

 

Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

 

 

 

Arturo Avila-Garcia spent his first years of college studying psychology which inspired him to express himself by painting. After two years of embracing the notion that “reality has no limits to examine our certainties about ourselves and our community”, he changed careers to focus on a BFA with concentration on painting. In 1992 he was chosen by The Museum of Modern Art in Bogota for their biannual exhibition as one of the most influential young artists. Previously, he participated at an Art convocation from the Institute that promotes higher education (ICFES) and was awarded Honorable Mention for an installation that feature painting, sculpture and neon lights. The following year he had his first SOLO exhibition at the Santa Gallery, title “Idols”.

 

 

With a BFA and a lot of expectations, he came to the US and has resided in Florida for 25 years. Over time, it became very clear that he was getting into his second journey of “self discovery”. He’s been earning a living through the construction, retail, hospitality and education industries, always keeping the concentration in developing a language and identity as a painter.  He uses various mediums such as pencil, chalk, acrylic and oil on canvas. Arturo, being true to his passion, has also taken on visual decorative and freelance custom paintings projects for companies like Bloomingdales and private collectors. In 2005 he graduated with a Masters in Education with concentration in Curriculum and Instruction and accepted an art teaching position at Olympic Heights Community High School in Boca Raton, Florida.

Custom Installation at Bloomingdales by Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

Arturo has been in collective exhibitions with Broward Art Guild, Boca Raton Art Guild and the Artists of Palm Beach County where he was won awards for his paintings.  He tells The Rickie Report, “The passion of how I approach the painting process gives me an outlet to communicate with people in a non-verbal level”.  He expresses himself through images and ideas relative to paint and color, to deliver a visual message of his life journey, resulting in his latest project titled “Blues”. The series is inspired by “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, a novel by Gábriel Garcia Marquez and his own personal journey.

 

” Salsa Blues ” by Arturo Avila-Garcia

Arturo shares with The Rickie Report, “The narrative in my paintings combined abstract realism or figurative and magic realism or realistic fiction. I am inspired by artist like Matisse and Vermeer. Influenced by music that I found a correlation with painting. Also by images of people and their inner sensations and sentiments. During my exploration of elements of dreams, fantasy and reality, the literature world of  magic realism from Garcia Marquez’s Hundred Years of Solitude, inspired some of the paintings. Blues I and Blues II depicted a moment where the introduction to ice is a magic situation, comes naturally, as a simple, everyday occurrence in which fantastical things are treated not just as possible, but also as realistic.  My paintings often have vibrant colors, a realistic view reminiscent of the tropical colors from the equatorial location of Colombia, for this exhibit I used one primary color and one secondary color to visual balance the color composition as it is a musical composition, a blues with flowing lines like the mountain landscape creating figures attaching the lines and forms to the composition with harmony and rhythm”. 

 

 

” Matisse Blues ” by Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

 

Arturo explains, “My paintings often have vibrant colors, reminiscent of the tropical colors from the equatorial location of Colombia with flowing lines like the mountain landscape, creating figures attaching the lines and forms to the composition.   This creative exploration you may think, is a contradiction between magic realism and realistic fiction.  After all, how can something be both magical and real? Magic isn’t real – or is it? In Latin America, the continent from which the genre of magical realism was cultivated, there is an attitude that anything can happen –  even miracles. My interpretation of magical realism is closely connected to my Catholic religious background, which believes in miracles and other spontaneous and indescribable abstract phenomena.  In my work this abstract element is determined by the expression and by the form”.

” Dualism has been an influence on every aspect of my artistic development, interpreting and balancing two realities. The same narrative could be applicable to the immigrant artist like myself in another country with a different culture and language… two different worlds, two realities are a continuous challenge that enriched individuality. My interest is a visual balance of realism or figurative art and abstract art”.

 

” Blues” by Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

 

 

Arturo’s artwork has been exhibited  end awarded at: The Museum of Modern Art in Bogota, ICFES (Colombian Institution for Higher Education) , Artists of Palm Beach County, Santa Gallery, (“Idols”), University Gallery Bogotá, Broward Art Guild, Boca Raton Art Guild, Artisans on the Ave., and APBC Art on Park Gallery

 

For more information please visit:

 www.avilagarciaart2ro.com

or call 561-389-9731

 

 

 

For more information:
APBC Art on Park Gallery
800 Park Avenue, Lake Park FL 33403
561-345-2842
http://www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com/

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

Arturo Avila Garcia, Internationally Acclaimed Artist, Shows Work At Art On Park Gallery

Art On Park Gallery in Lake Park, FL. will be showing  the artwork of Arturo Avila-Garcia, an award winning Colombian-American painter born in Bogotá. Chosen by The Museum of Modern Art in Bogota for their biannual exhibition as one of the most influential young artists, Arturo’s journey of self discovery through painting brings the viewer a variety of colors and images.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  Lake Park is an “art happening”!

 

 

 

ARTURO  AVILA-GARCIA

JOURNEY  THROUGH  ART

AT

ART ON  PARK  GALLERY

800 Park Avenue  Lake Park, FL  33403

Monday through Saturday Noon to 6 PM

561-345-2842

 

 

 

 

Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

 

 

 

Arturo Avila-Garcia spent his first years of college studying psychology which inspired him to express himself by painting. After two years of embracing the notion that “reality has no limits to examine our certainties about ourselves and our community”, he changed careers to focus on a BFA with concentration on painting. In 1992 he was chosen by The Museum of Modern Art in Bogota for their biannual exhibition as one of the most influential young artists. Previously, he participated at an Art convocation from the Institute that promotes higher education (ICFES) and was awarded Honorable Mention for an installation that feature painting, sculpture and neon lights. The following year he had his first SOLO exhibition at the Santa Gallery, title “Idols”.

 

 

“Blues IX” by Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

 

With a BFA and a lot of expectations, he came to the US and has resided in Florida for 25 years. Over time, it became very clear that he was getting into his second journey of “self discovery”. He’s been earning a living through the construction, retail, hospitality and education industries, always keeping the concentration in developing a language and identity as a painter.  He uses various mediums such as pencil, chalk, acrylic and oil on canvas. Arturo, being true to his passion, has also taken on visual decorative and freelance custom paintings projects for companies like Bloomingdales and private collectors. In 2005 he graduated with a Masters in Education with concentration in Curriculum and Instruction and accepted an art teaching position at Olympic Heights Community High School in Boca Raton, Florida.

Custom Installation at Bloomingdales by Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

Arturo has been in collective exhibitions with Broward Art Guild, Boca Raton Art Guild and the Artists of Palm Beach County where he was won awards for his paintings.  He tells The Rickie Report, “The passion of how I approach the painting process gives me an outlet to communicate with people in a non-verbal level”.  He expresses himself through images and ideas relative to paint and color, to deliver a visual message of his life journey, resulting in his latest project titled “Blues”. The series is inspired by “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, a novel by Gábriel Garcia Marquez and his own personal journey.

 

“Blues V” by Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

 

He shares, ” The narrative in my paintings combines abstract realism or figurativism and magic realism or realistic fiction. I am inspired by my surroundings, elements and objects. Also by images of people and their inner sensations and sentiments. During the exploration of elements of dreams, fantasy and reality, I found the world of magic realism from García Márquez’s Macondo, where magic comes naturally, as a simple, everyday occurrence in which fantastical things are treated not just as possible, but also as realistic. Ordinary objects and events are enchanted. As the gypsy Melquíades says in the first paragraph of the Garcia Marquez’s novel, “Things have a life of their own. It’s simply a question of waking up their souls.”

 


“Grandfather Playing Violin” by Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

 

Arturo explains, “My paintings often have vibrant colors, reminiscent of the tropical colors from the equatorial location of Colombia with flowing lines like the mountain landscape, creating figures attaching the lines and forms to the composition.   This creative exploration you may think, is a contradiction between magic realism and realistic fiction.  After all, how can something be both magical and real? Magic isn’t real – or is it? In Latin America, the continent from which the genre of magical realism was cultivated, there is an attitude that anything can happen –  even miracles. My interpretation of magical realism is closely connected to my Catholic religious background, which believes in miracles and other spontaneous and indescribable abstract phenomena.  In my work this abstract element is determined by the expression and by the form”.

” Dualism has been an influence on every aspect of my artistic development, interpreting and balancing two realities. The same narrative could be applicable to the immigrant artist like myself in another country with a different culture and language… two different worlds, two realities are a continuous challenge that enriched individuality. My interest is a visual balance of realism or figurative art and abstract art”.

 

 

“Centaurs” by Arturo Avila-Garcia

 

 

 

Arturo’s artwork has been exhibited  end awarded at: The Museum of Modern Art in Bogota, ICFES (Colombian Institution for Higher Education) , Artists of Palm Beach County, Santa Gallery, (“Idols”), University Gallery Bogotá, Broward Art Guild, Boca Raton Art Guild, Artisans on the Ave., and APBC Art on Park Gallery

 

For more information please visit:

 www.avilagarciaart2ro.com

or call 561-389-9731

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

 

 

 

 

 

Vicki Siegel’s SOLO Exhibition Engages In A Dialogue About The Nature Of Connections

Vicki Siegel’s use of multiple images, using photography and painting, will intrigue and fascinate viewers at her SOLO Exhibition at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. Her contemporary art works are a dialogue about the nature of connections: biological, psychological, emotional, physical and universal. Siegel’s artistry is a narrative that is informed by memories, both personal and collective. She worked as an art director and creative director in Chicago, Milan, Italy and South Florida. Siegel works in her Delray Beach studio creating mixed media works that are both emotional and introspective. Siegel has exhibited extensively in South Florida and can be found in multiple private and corporate collections.  The Rickie Report shares a few images and the details about the SOLO Exhibit as well as an Artist Talk.  The public is welcome and we urge you to take advantage of this opportunity to meet this artist.

 

 VICKI SIEGEL

New Contemporary Paintings

SOLO Exhibition

Public Reception:

April 25th   3 – 5 p.m.

Artist Lecture:

May 2nd  3 p.m.

Please RSVP for the Lecture  561.471.2901

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County

601 Lake Avenue        Lake Worth, FL 33460
561 471-2901

Parking is available on Lake Avenue or make a right on “L” Street and there is a free lot on the left.

 

These Events Are Open To The Public

 

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

 

Exhibit Runs April 25th Through May 23rd

 

A solo show of new contemporary paintings by artist Vicki Siegel will be held at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. The exhibit runs from April 25- May 23, 2015. The Artist Reception will take place Saturday, April 25, 2015, 3-5 PM. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County is located in the Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building, 601 Lake Ave., Lake Worth, FL 33460. For more information please visit www.palmbeachculture.com or call (561) 471-2901.  

 

 

 

"Wired" by Vicki Siegel

“Wired” by Vicki Siegel

 

 

Vicki Siegel is part of an emerging genre of artists that are transcending the boundary between painting and photography. She is a narrative artist who explores issues of identity, connectivity and the environment. Each painting unites a particular memory or moment in time with a world that is part fantasy and part reality. To achieve this, painting, drawing and image transfers of photographs can be found in each mixed media painting, creating a dreamlike atmosphere with a surreal sense of space.

 

 

 

"Transformation" by Vicki Siegel

“Transformation” by Vicki Siegel

 

 

 

 

The use of multiple images and the comparison of images has always been a theme of Vicki Siegel’s paintings and photographs. “I begin each work with an idea or a social issue that I want to narrate.” Siegel said. “Then, I work with a model and/or take photographs that I incorporate into the painting. In the studio, I begin experimenting until the vision that I have in my mind becomes a physical work of art.”

 

"Birds Of A Feather" by Vicki Siegel

“Birds Of A Feather” by Vicki Siegel

 

Fascinated by paint, acrylic paint in particular, Siegel experiments with the paint itself, utilizing unusual techniques such as acrylic encaustic, poured, dripped or paint skins. “I love experimenting with paint, pushing the boundary of what it can do in both 2 and 3 dimensions.”
“South Florida’s natural landscape has also been an influence in my work,” Siegel said. “but the human form always seems to find its way into my paintings.” The current work that will be shown at her solo show at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County explores the connectivity and boundaries between individuals in our society and nature.

 

"Nature Unbound" by Vicki Siegel

“Nature Unbound” by Vicki Siegel

 

Siegel began taking figure drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago when she was 16 years old. She got her BFA and then went on to do graduate work in Italy. She worked in advertising as an art director and then a creative director in Chicago, Milan, Italy and South Florida. “I continued to make art while working in advertising until I finally decided to do it full time. Vicki now shows her work extensively and teaches painting at the Armory and at Delray Center for the Arts as well as holding workshops. She currently has work in “Adornment” at the Cornell Museum of Art in Delray Beach and at the Faculty Exhibit at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach. Her studio is in Delray Beach, Florida.
An artist talk, “Process and Method in Contemporary Painting” connected to the Cultural Council Solo show will be held at the Cultural Council building at 601 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth on May 2, at 3 p.m. For more information, call (561) 472-3336 or go to www.palmbeachculture.com/artist-lectures to RSVP.

 

 

For more information about her artwork, please contact Vicki Siegel at:

vickisiegelart.com
vickisiegelart@gmail.com

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

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Rickie@therickiereport.com

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