“Works on Paper”: Bert Menco and Esperanza Gama

September 15 – October 13, 2012
Artist Reception: Saturday, September 15, 6 – 9pm
Gallery Hours: 11am – 8pm, Monday – Saturday
11am – 2pm, Sunday

Saturday, September 29, 2012, 7 – 9:30pm

Gallery Talk by the artists and “AIRES” a program of music from Columbia, Brazil and other Latin American countries by Ensemble AD- HOC. Francy Acosta: voice and percussion; Ruth Cavanaugh: Flute; José Luis Posada: Guitar and Tiple.

Oxalá Fine Arts is pleased to announce the opening of Works on Paper, an exhibition featuring intaglio prints by Bert Menco and paintings on bark paper by Esperanza Gama. Menco and Gama’s seemingly simple title “Works on Paper” belies the strength of their masterfully rendered drawings, prints and lush portraits. Their work speaks of the power and beauty of the human spirit, each through their own set of personal symbols that offer the viewer a glimpse into their universe.

Bert Menco (Arnhem, The Netherlands, 1946) works in drawing, painting, etching, drypointing and mezzotinting. He has had numerous solo shows and his art is represented in more than fifty public and private collections, including that of the Rotterdam Museum in his native country, the Netherlands. He has won several awards among them a Sponsors prize at the Third Sapporo International Print Biennale (1996, Japan) and a third prize at an International Print Show in Sobral (Brazil, 2012). Bert Menco resides in Evanston, Illinois.

Esperanza Gama was born and educated in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Her drawings, paintings, etchings and installations have been exhibited in numerous solo and joint exhibitions throughout the U.S., Mexico and France. In April 2006, Gama became the first Latina to exhibit at the Union League Club Gallery of Chicago. Gama’s work is published in important surveys of Latino and Chicano art, such as Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art, Arizona State University, 2002, and Chicano Art for our Millennium, Arizona State University, 2004. She has been the recipient of several awards and grants among them the Sor Juana Achievement Award for Visual Arts (2003, Chicago, National Museum of Mexican Arts), Illinois Arts Council Partial Support Grants (2005, Chicago) an international Artists Residency Program Grant (Guadalajara, Mexico, 2007). Gama has lived and worked in Chicago since 1984.

For more information, please contact Omar Valencia at 312. 850-1655

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