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Francisco Barajas has an exhibit scheduled at the MACAY. Photo: Facebook


Mérida, Yucatán — Lines and colors emerge spontaneously on the canvas, giving shape to ideas that converge in the mind and are clarified on the canvas.

The result is Francisco Barajas’s exhibit “The Shape of Chaos,” which opens Friday at the Fernando García Ponce-MACAY Museum.

Barajas told Diario de Yucatán, in the second of a series of artist profiles, as the MACAY prepares for its upcoming exhibitions. The MACAY is a free-entry museum that features contemporary Mexican artists in a former colonial palace next to the cathedral.

The painter said that he begins with drawing strokes and lines, then building with color, which leads him to apply more shapes.

“As the picture progresses, it asks you what color to add, what else to do, until you lose control. The work flows by itself,” he said.

He just lets himself be carried away so that a paint stain gradually evolves into a painting. He limits his palate, and even Barajas is surprised with how much can be accomplished with three colors.

He emphasized that abstract art is what has always attracted him because it conveys emotions and situations that realistic paintings cannot.

“Everyone can have his own interpretation of the works, not necessarily the one that the artist gives him, but he can approach and see freely what there is in the canvas, like windows so that the spectator can lean out of,” he said.

Francisco Barajas began to dedicate himself to art in 1986, he has been part of several national drawing salons and mini-engraving salons. His work has been exhibited in the International Miniprint exhibition in Cadaqués, Spain, and at the University of Hawaii.

The artist was included in”Ten Abstract Painters of Yucatan. Light and color, art and abstract in Yucatán.” While Barajas lives in Mérida, he was born in 1963 in Michoacan.

The artist’s exhibition will open 8 p.m. Friday, May 25 as part of the MACAY quarterly exhibitions.

Source: Diario de Yucatán

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