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Ricardo Fernandez Ortega: Dawn Voyage

Ricardo Fernandez Ortega: Dawn Voyage

Through Oct 31

Meyer Gallery, 225 Canyon,

Mexican painter Ricardo Fernandez Ortega combines classical imagery, painting techniques drawn from the 17th-century Spanish painter Diego Velázquez, and a surrealist mindset into a compelling exhibit of paintings. Ortega paints the female figure, often winged, and frequently set by the shore. The costuming looks ancient, but it isn’t specific to a particular time and place.

The show’s title refers to new beginnings and new experiences. “After a deeply dark night, the light of a new day begins to be seen,” Ortega explains. His deft handling of crepuscular light is evident in the paintings in this show.

Above: Ricardo Fernandez Ortega, A Time to Look Inside, oil, 39 x 55″