Mexican School of Painting in NYC

My friend Estaño, an 86 year old veteran of the celebrated Mexican Muralist Movement, is having a one man exhibition at the Adriaan Van Der Plas Gallery in New York City. The show, titled Mexican School of Painting, has apparently been a success for our esteemed veterano – who has so far sold three paintings at the exhibit – and it’s not hard to imagine why. His figurative paintings are works in the tradition of Mexico’s great revolutionary artists of bygone years. In fact, Estaño, assistant painter with the legendary David Alfaro Siqueiros, wrote the best book I’ve ever read on the subject of the Mexican Muralist painters, Siqueiros: His Life and Works. But Estaño’s art is not a relic of times past. His visual denunciations of war, fascism and greed are as timely today as ever, and his unconquerable belief in humanity is an antidote to today’s bleak postmodernist misanthropy. I highly recommend people in the vicinity make the trek to view Estaño’s paintings. The Adriaan Van Der Plas Gallery is located at 89 South Street, Pier 17, 2nd Floor, New York, NY. 10038. Phone: 212-227-8983. Web: www.vanderplasgallery.com. For those unable to visit the gallery, a trip to Estaño’s official website, located at: www.mexicanmuralschool.com, will reveal a treasure trove of wonders.

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