Artist Talk:  Friday, August 2 at 5:30pm

Opening Reception: Friday, August 2, 6 – 8pm

Exhibition Runs: August 2 – 29, 2019

As far back as Reyes Padilla can remember, the first painting he ever noticed was a retablo. And, as far back as he can remember, the first piece of art he ever made was also a retablo. No doubt this influence came from growing up in a catholic family in New Mexico. Even though Padilla’s contemporary synesthetic painting does not fall in line with the traditional Spanish style the region is known for, he knows it’s ingrained in his inspiration. Padilla’s newest painting exhibition Retablo is a reflection of his culture and its evolution.

“I paint music. Having synesthesia means that I experience sound visually. My work is created by actively painting what I see while listening to music. The decision to embrace what I am seeing and paint it in the moment seems like a natural dance between two worlds.” – Reyes Padilla

Image courtesy of Gabriela Campos

About Reyes Padilla

Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Reyes Padilla currently lives and works in Albuquerque. His paintings, murals, and site-specific installations have sold to a variety of collectors and museums, including the State of New Mexico, The City Of Braddock, Pennsylvania, and The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. Padilla’s installation titled, ¡Mira, Look!, was purchased for the permanent collection of Explora Science Center and Museum in Albuquerque in 2016. In 2017 he was awarded a fellowship with SOMOS ABQ for which he is commissioned yearly to create site-specific installations.

Images courtesy of Reyes Padilla