All of my paintings have a special place in my heart. However, every once in a while there is a painting that brings a bit of nostalgia with it. This 48″x36″, oil painting in progress is one of them. Lately, I have been thinking a lot about my late grandmother. I have a fond memories of visiting her house and sitting with her in her kitchen drinking tea. Reflecting back on those memories brings me a sense of comfort.
I tried to capture that same peaceful comfort in this painting.
February is off to a great start. I sold a piece and won two awards. An Award of Excellence for my piece on panel “Two Figures” and an Award of Merit for “Comfortable with Our Love” in the 4th Biannual Competition, Four Point Contemporary, Online Gallery with Juror: Ahyor Thompson. Submissions were received from artists from approximately 32 countries. I am feeling really grateful that I sold a piece as well as for the recognition.
The Figure: A Bay Area Legacy
Opening Night: 6-9p, Friday, March 14
Exhibition Dates: March 6 – April 27
The subject of the human figure in art has remained a constant theme for artists and art lovers across time and cultures. The beauty of the human form – in its strength as well as frailty, its sensuality as well as ordinary – is undeniably engaging. Artists are driven by their personal quest to represent the figure in a new and ambitious manner, to fulfill the desire of allowing the human figure to be redefined in each generation. Many artists consider the human form to be the most important, and the most challenging, study there is.
The Bay Area Figurative style is an art movement which spanned two decades during the 1950s and ‘60s made up of a group of artists in the San Francisco Bay Area. David Park is credited with starting the movement evolving from Abstract Expressionism. He painted a new and recognizable image with the vigor and spontaneity of an abstract painting. Park’s novel approach sparked a dynamic dialogue between abstraction and representation which continues today. The Bay Area Figurative style has become one of the most important and well-known art movements, not only in the Bay Area, but in art across the world. Art enthusiasts and collectors flock to view exhibits and purchase works by the Bay Area Figurative artists, such as Park, Richard Diebenkorn, Elmer Bischoff, Theophilus Brown, Paul Wonner, James Weeks, Bruce McGaw, Joan Brown, Nathan Oliveira and Manuel Neri.
The Figure: A Bay Area Legacy at Gary Francis Fine Art is an exhibition that demonstrates our enduring interest in the human figure and the impact of the engaging and flexible Bay Area Figurative style on successive generations of artists.
Diego Marcial Rios
This year is off to a great start. Spending time with family and enjoying just being in the moment is going to be my mantra for 2014. This February is starting out to be all about reorganizing my studio. Every year that takes on a new meaning. Last year, I organized my loft storage this year it is about getting my workspace up to par.
Today, I had a studio visit from Gallery Owner/ Director, Gary Comoglio from the Gary Francis Fine Art Gallery in Alameda, CA. I’m really excited that some work of mine will be on display in their upcoming exhibition “The Figure; A Bay Area Legacy” taking place on March 6-April 27th, 2014. I’ll post more about this exhibition as the date gets closer.