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ZIH Galeria, for art lovers

By Catherine Krantz

Virgen de Guadalupe by Kirsti Alopeaus

Virgen de Guadalupe by Kirsti Alopeaus

ZIH Galeria, located in central Zihuatanejo on Juan Alvarez just up from the pier, has been offering art and regular exhibitions by local, national and international artists for eight years. Owned by Luz Machado, herself an artist, the small, intimate gallery with its distinctive palapa front awning, has every inch of its walls covered with the colorful works of many different genres. A cozy and inviting space where every visit exposes a new hidden treasure, ZIH Galeria has recently added a café with wireless internet and an upstairs art library, full of books to consult while perusing their latest exhibition. 

Jose Coyote

Jose Coyote

Perhaps most remarkable of the current selection at the gallery are the always interesting works of Jose Coyote, from Toluca. He paints on wood and rough uneven surfaces and is known for his striking portraits of women, at turns seeming tortured, confrontational, mysterious. Are they victims or aggressors? After years of wondering I’m still not sure, but their unblinking gaze always leaves a lasting impression, unforgettable.

Anna Karina Ferrer & Ivan Dominguez Roditi

Anna Karina Ferrer & Ivan Dominguez Roditi

The Mexico City based artists, Anna Karina Ferrer and Ivan Dominguez Roditi, paint delightful small square vignettes, as appropriate as graphic design elements as paintings. They work individually or placed together like a patch work quilt covering an entire wall. If like me, you can’t decide on just one, buy five or ten! 

Anna Karina Ferrer & Ivan Dominguez Roditi

Anna Karina Ferrer & Ivan Dominguez Roditi

Marco Bustamante, of Oaxaca City, has shown many works of many styles at ZIH Galeria over the years, from sculpture, to modern paintings, to mixed media works, his work on display now is a departure: realistic portraits in soft, muted tones. Luz Machado favors a blue palette and draws upon nature and natural symbols to create a cool serene environment, like walking in moonlight. Tere Metta, based in Mexico City, has moody paintings and enigmatic engravings on display. Antonio Luguin from Guadalajara, has intriguingly sparse, almost desolate, landscapes that make you feel like you are seeing them from the window of a passing train. Diana Manzanos’ nostalgic almost impressionistic drawings of smooth shapes, and tones call up another era, and Pedro Brachet draws wild and colorful tropical landscapes. Also on display are works by popular Finnish artist and former Zihuatanejo resident Kirsti Alopeaus, now residing in Playa del Carmen. Alopaeus’ work was much loved for its bright attention grabbing colors, shiny glitter, and magnetically engaging female subjects, whether they are cigar smoking beauties, fish bucket hauling temptresses, or as is on display in ZIH, a beguiling cat-eyed Virgen de Guadalupe. ZIH Galeria offers high quality thought-provoking original art works, and is a must stop for any art lover. Have a cup of coffee and spend some time, there’s much to see.

www.zihgaleria.com

 

 

adip visits Zihuatanejo artist, Alfredo Tapia, in his studio, where he talks about his work and his artists collective, Arte Nativo
www.galeriartenativo.com

Paintings by Alfredo Tapia 

 

COMPOSICION TRIANGULAR

COMPOSICION TRIANGULAR

 
Pescadera (Fish seller)

Pescadera (Fish seller)

ALFREDO TAPIA in his studio

ALFREDO TAPIA in his studio

Cazadoras Nocturnas (night hunters)
Cazadoras Nocturnas (night hunters)

 

 

Cazadoras Nocturnas 1 (Night Hunters 1)
Cazadoras Nocturnas 1 (Night Hunters 1)

 

 

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