Maria-Esther Magallanes’ acrylic paintings will be on display in Darien Library’s art gallery until Feb. 26. An opening reception for the exhibition will take place Friday, Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
María-Esther Magallanes was born in Mexico City. She comes from a family of accomplished artists and was raised surrounded by and appreciating all forms of art. Traveling to many cultural destinations around the world and growing up within Mexico City’s cosmopolitan atmosphere and rich cultural heritage enhanced her motivation to start creating formally while still a teenager. Earning a college degree in graphic design enabled her to experiment with materials, techniques, color and form to express ideas, concepts and feelings. Such experimentation led to mastering acrylic, the material that she has been using consistently over the past 20 years.
Mexico’s cultural, architectural natural and geographic diversity provided María-Esther with plenty of inspiration to experiment with color and forms. Her work is based on the use of vibrant, nearly violent, colors and shapes to interpret nature and landscapes. Her trademark style is marked by her admiration to and the inspiration provided by Pablo Picasso, Al Held, as well as Mexican painters Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and Pedro Coronel.
She has remained faithful to her use of vibrant colors and forms to deconstruct reality and nature. Her work decorates the homes of many art collectors throughout Mexico, the United States and Europe.
María-Esther Magallanes holds a BA in Graphic Design from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and has completed different painting courses at the Silvermine Arts Center in New Canaan.