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Benjamin Ramirez is preparing to show his work in Malaga, Spain. Photo: Diario de Yucatan
Benjamin Ramirez is preparing to show his work in Malaga, Spain. Photo: Diario de Yucatan

Mérida, Yucatán — The acclaimed painter Benjamín Ramírez Cervantes is headed to Spain for an exhibit of 22 of his works.

His abstract works will be on view three months beginning Aug. 8 at the Museum of Contemporary Art “Fernando Centeno López” in Malaga, Spain.

The show, “Conceptos del movimiento,” is painted mostly on mylar, an opaque plastic, instead of the traditional canvas.

Collection, abstract, be exposed three months from August 8 at the Museum of Contemporary Art “Fernando Centeno Lopez” in the village museum in Genalguacil, Malaga.

From his home studio in La Mejorada, Ramirez told Diario de Yucatán that he is delighted to bring his work to Europe for the first time. He was one of hundreds of artists sending proposals to the museum. He was declined in 2014, but after maintaining contact with museum officials, he finally received an invitation to exhibit individually in the museum.

And he was ready to accept. His works include “Las cuarenta y tres llagas,” “Cuarenta y tres corazones,” “Cuarenta y tres” and “Corazón sangrante” or “The forty-three wounds,” “Forty-three hearts,” “Forty-three” and “Bleeding Heart” — all tributes to the missing students of Ayotzinapa.

A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, Ramírez was a medical doctor before devoting himself full-time to art. He has exhibited his work in Yucatán, Zacatecas and Tamaulipas and U.S. cities including Philadelphia, New York and San Diego. This is his first European exhibition.

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