This is Virgilio Ruiz Fernandez

By Gwylym Owen

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Virgilio Ruiz Fernández (born in Madrid, Spain, 1930) is a Spanish-Mexican painter, representative of the neo-realist and neo-naturalist schools of painting in Mexico. His perform is strongly influenced by the Spanish and Flemish Renaissance and baroque European traditions (15th-17th centuries) and the Mexican Expressionism (first half of 20th century). He is a supporter of the recovery of painting techniques from these periods and its learning and innovation in objector art in Mexico.

The do its stuff of Virgilio Ruiz encompasses alternative thematic and rarefied periods, from portraits, landscapes (specially of Central Mexico high plateau and surroundings sceneries and Mexican coastlines) and allegorical, mythological and biblical themes and personages, using specially the tempera and oil techniques upon canvas and wood in small and big formats. The retrieve of indirect painting and glaze techniques are extensively used to heighten the luminous content, deepness of planes and volume of the represented objects and figures, on one hand, and the emotional and expressive aspects of the characters and contexts thus depicted.

The improve of the oeuvre of Virgilio Ruiz Fernández has as common thrust the recovery of art as a spiritual argument aimed at representing and expressing nature and human life on the basis of the obscure achievements of the classical painting, mainly in Europe (between the Renaissance and Romantic periods) and making the most of them for aesthetical purposes and undependable expression, as touching other “mechanical” representative techniques such as the photography.

Virgilio Ruiz Fernández was born in Madrid and emigrated from Spain together considering his family after the Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936. The family contracted down in Mexico City in 1941, where Ruiz Fernández attended university circles and developed his studies of painting and drawing techniques. The fake of exiled Spanish intellectuals and artists during the 1950s proved to be critical for his career, especially on the evocative aspect of it. He customary further admittance with representatives of the Mexican historicist schools of La Esmeralda and the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City. In 1975 he opened his own academy, where students and professional painters alike learnt and refined their pictorial skills and techniques, especially tempera and oil. He lives in Mexico City.

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