Rene Almanza at FIFTY24SF Gallery
This exhibition marks the progression of Rene Almanza’s career from the monochromatic ink-lined work that he has been known for towards the incorporation of paint and colors. Taking a traditional and deliberate approach towards the development of his mediums has always been an important part of Rene’s career; and after feeling like he had expressed all that he can with his line-based style, he felt that the next logical step was to begin to integrate watercolors into his work as part of the process of gradually moving towards incorporating oil and acrylic paints into his pieces.
One of the cornerstones of Rene’s career has been his ability to couple the American style of comic-art illustration and the Oaxacan concept of art. To Rene, the American style is about creating stark optical images that convey overt messages while the Oaxacan opinion on the purpose of art is to create work that expresses the emotion of the artist and leaves room for interpretation. The title of this exhibition is based around the Oaxacan side of this dichotomy, and all the work of the “Stranger” exhibition aims to express the sentiment of being a “resident alien” while leaving the stories behind the work open to the interpretation of the viewer.
The exhibition features 50 pieces measuring 20″ x 18″ using the mediums of pencil and watercolor. All the work also features frames which are hand made in Oaxaca. Rene Almanza’s “Stranger” exhibition features an opening reception on September 29th, at 7:00pm.