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Marco Zamudio brings realism back to painting

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Marco Zamudio's hyper-realistic paintings are coming to SoHo Galleries in Mérida.
Marco Zamudio’s hyper-realistic paintings are coming to SoHo Galleries in Mérida.

Mérida, Yucatán — When Marco Zamudio Renaissance-type work come on view here, art lovers will get a close look at the techniques of one of Mexico’s most renowned painters. 

Zamudio’s show, Arion & Venus, will open Saturday, Nov. 19th, at SoHo Galleries.

His work is highly regarded for its Renaissance-era techniques, and cheered on by advocates of realism in art. 

Explaining the show’s theme, Zamudio reaches back into ancient mythology.

“I chose the Greek character archetypes of Arion, the horse of Heracles who survived death just like his master,” says Zamudio. “By this I mean the character of the woman whom I admire very much, and Venus refers to the other side, the other side of the woman, not only her physical beauty (because all are beautiful) but the delicate and protective character with they are born with, live, reproduce and still have on their deathbed.”

Born in 1973, Zamudio studied obtained a visual arts degree in 1995 at the National School of Fine Arts, San Carlos. He is perhaps best known for two 2010 murals found in the Mexico City subway system. 

Zamuda contributed to the exhibition “Visions of America: Urban Realism” at the Museum of Contemporary Art in New York (MOMA) and at the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City with “Mexico in the 90’s: A Self Portrait”

In 2006 he won first place in the Sacro Painting contest: “The Gospel According to Luke” organized by the Manuel Toussaint Institute.

The evening begins with a 7 p.m. Artist Talk about his painting technique. The exhibit opens at 8.

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