Pájaro Brujo (Witch Bird) is a series of paintings by Hugo D. Villa. It is a pictorial journey that seeks to represent the sensory experience and subsequent learning in a personal search for reconnection with nature and its inalienable encounter with the mysticism so characteristic of Mexican culture.
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Opening reception: Saturday, May 28th 6 - 9pm
This exhibition will run from May 25th to June 12th and will coincide with Gerard Geer's Imaginary Forests.
The title of the exhibition refers to the popular belief of the "Nahual,” indigenous wise men who, due to the strong connection they have with their animal spirit, have the ability to transform into it, or even into other animals or atmospheric elements. Each painting shows beings in transformation, not unlike the Nahuales, merging with elements of nature or unexpected textures that emanate from their interior: a change of skin, perhaps the reflection of new experiences. At the same time they insinuate a somatization of emotions, like someone who decides to look inward to discover himself, find the root of his own feelings, achieve an internal transformation, merge with the universe and discover his own light.
Hugo D. Villa is a Mexican contemporary artist based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Most of his works are done in oils. Villa earned a degree in fine arts from The University of Guadalajara and has shown his work in more than 30 solo and group exhibitions.