Idabel, OK (August 15, 2019) — Two artists working in the American Southwest, both taking inspiration from nature, but capturing different subjects in their paintings. Beginning August 20th and lasting until October 27th, Museum visitors will be able to see works of both artists, side by side, in the Mary Bratton Curtis Gallery.
Roberto Ugalde focuses on vegetation, using oil-based paints to capture the many different colors in plants, mainly trees. His favorite is the aspen, the foliage providing various shades of color as the seasons change. Born in Queretaro, Mexico, he began painting as a boy and eventually studied at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (INBA) in Mexico City. He immigrated to the United States in 1994 and has been painting for over 30 years. Roberto uses a palette knife when painting, his impressionistic style captured in brilliant and heavy paint strokes. However, he has been experimenting with a new method; dropping industrial oil paint onto a horizontal board, mixing the color and manipulating the shapes of the landscapes he captures.
Meanwhile, the other featured artist, Michael Archuleta, draws his inspiration from animals, capturing them in acrylic paints. Born in Embudo, New Mexico in 1969, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico in 1997 with an emphasis in art and business. Archuleta never received any formal training; besides the few courses he took while attending University and considers himself self-taught. He began to take his painting seriously in 2005, creating a character called “Blue Donkey,” and has since seen major success. In fact, Archuleta is working on a children’s book featuring the character.
The exhibit is facilitated by Michael McCormick and Sons Gallery in Taos, New Mexico.