“These jewel-like paintings intuitively fuse different aesthetic traditions, folk art and old master, with natural grace and an uncanny quality that may be a species of magic.” – American Arts Quarterly
Santa Fe-based artist Fatima Ronquillo’s works often show her signature cherubic figures donning Victorian Lover’s Eye jewelry.
Her sometimes winged and always mysterious cast of personages are forever staring; Her latest works feature characters following the viewer with their gazes like the Mona Lisa (see above). Ronquillo paints ‘in the style of the European old masters coupled with a magical realism rooted in folk and colonial Latin American imagery.’ (excerpted from www.fatimaronquillo.com)
The fixed gaze of the characters makes the use of Lover’s Eye jewelry even more intriguing . . . so many eyes are peering out at the same time.
The paintings often feature animals who are also squarely looking at the viewer drawing them further into the sublime and enigmatic worlds the characters inhabit. Her latest exhibition was a month long showing in October at the Arden Gallery in Boston. If you would like to own a tiny piece of Ronquillo’s works, you can purchase a micro book (12.5 x 18.7 cm) with twelve of her paintings included from Barbe à Pop for only 5 Euros!