Fatima Ronquillo: Possession

March 7 - 28, 2015

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Ronquillo's fifth show with the gallery, Possession, exposes the portrait as captor. In essence, portraits are vignettes of personalities held in cherished objects. These figures are possessed by the mind of the viewer, however, are they also the possessors? Where lies the literal as well as the emotional claim? There lurks the uncertainty.

Stylistically Fatima has been inspired by the works of Jacques Louis David and the neoclassical period following the French Revolution alongside formal portraiture in colonial Latin America. She is amused by the juxtaposition of an austere palette and traditional compositions with the ambiguous yet oddly humorous situations of injured cupids or children in military dress or exotic persons with their animal entourage. 

Born in San Fernando, Philippines in 1976, Fatima Ronquillo immigrated as a child to the United States in 1987 where her family settled in San Antonio, Texas. She currently resides and maintains a studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband and west highland terrier.  Her work is included in private collections throughout North America and Europe.


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Fine contemporary art gallery in Austin, Texas | Wally Workman Gallery

Established in 1980 and located in a 100 year old historic house in Austin’s art district, the Wally Workman Gallery specializes in emerging and collected talent. The gallery has two stories of exhibition space where one can view the 59 artists currently represented, including the contemporary talents of Will Klemm, Joyce Howell, and Ian Shults as well as the figurative work of Tracey Harris and Fatima Ronquillo.

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