Jorge Obregon

Mexico City, 1972 -

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Excerpts about Jorge Obregon


Although the landscape genre has its antecedents in the naturalistic tradition, the alliance between knowledge and aesthetics evolved until abandoning the faithful reproduction of the natural physiognomy to give way to a pictorial genre that allowed revolutionary artists of the nineteenth century to explore new plastic ways by means of light, space and brushstrokes. This was how the expeditionary illustrations evolved to become pieces of creative and artistic experimentation.

In the old style of traveling artists, Jorge Obregón has scaled and explored different volcanoes of the world in order to find the right frames and the ideal perspective that allow him not only to paint volcanoes but to develop in his work a different experience in regard to aesthetic, light and space. During his artistic training, the landscape artist began his relationship with the volcanoes under the tutelage of the master Luis Nishizawa, who motivated him to paint outdoors and take back the colossi (Iztaccihuatl and Popocatépetl volcanoes) as a reason for his plastic work. José María Velasco and Dr. Atl are also part of his influences and inspiration to dedicate himself to landscape painting, a genre that has often been declared dead and declining. However, Obregón has demonstrated the opposite by forging a plastic and landscape imprint that place him very close to the Mexican painters of the volcano par excellence.

Being in contact with the volcanic landscape, the artist performs an intense exercise of perception that allows him to apprehend all the information that space offers him to synthesize it in a canvas or paper, without losing sight of the first impression that impelled him to select a certain frame or shot of the panorama. (Source: “Vivir el paisaje: Obra plástica y escultura de Jorge Obregón” by Tita Ochoa Rivera, September 2012, exhibition catalog “Jorge Obregón: México, tierra de volcanes”, Museo Regional de Historia de Colima)

Jorge Obregon is one of the most notable landscape artists of the twenty-first century in Mexico. He is heir to the practices, teachings and evolution of the Mexican landscape artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, and at the same time he is an explorer of new trends and horizons. He has been the successor of the traveling painters, following the tradition of plein air painting (painting outdoors), traveling through not only his country of origin, but several parts of the world. Each artist selects something to paint, something that inspires him and what he connects with. In the case of Obregon, he has selected Mother Earth, looking for places that have been shaped by nature through millions of years to recreate in his paintings. (Source: “Grand Canyon, Zion and Sedona Experience” by David Adberstein, exhibition catalog, Inverarte Art Gallery, San Antonio, Texas, 2018)

 

Main Solo Exhibitions

 

1995 Geografia del Espacio, Escuela Nacional de Artes Plasticas, Mexico City

1995 Actividad y Extincion, Colegio Westminster, Mexico City  

1996 Volcanes de Mexico, Casa de Arte Nicandi Beu, Coyoacan, Mexico City

1997 Llum del Pirineu Català, L’ Estudi de Farrera de Pallars, Cataluña, Spain

1997 Llum del Pirineu Català, The Quiet Man, Barcelona, Spain

1997 Encuentros de aire y luz, Galeria Albatros, Coyoacan, Mexico City

1997 Ritmos de la Naturaleza, Museo del Pueblo de Guanajuato, Guanajuato

1999 Llum del Pirineu Català, Casa de la Cultura de la U.A.E.M. en Tlalpan, Mexico City

1999 Luz de Plata y Sol de Medianoche, Galeria Lourdes Chumacero, Mexico City

2000 Entre cumbres y barrancas, SEDESOL, Mexico City

2002 Vision de Lejania, Festival del Centro Historico, Casa de la Primera Imprenta de America, Mexico City

2005 Un recorrido por el Popocatepetl y el Iztaccíhuatl, Museo Luis Nishizawa, Toluca, Estado de Mexico

2007 Sierras de Coahuila, Museo del Desierto, Saltillo, Mexico

2007 Al aire libre, Galerias Louis C. Morton, Mexico City

2007 Una Mirada al Campo, Museo Nacional de Agricultura, Universidad Autonoma de Chapingo, Texcoco, Mexico

2011 Mexico y Los Picos de Europa, dominios de roca y volcanes, Museo Casa del Risco, Mexico City

2012 Mexico y los Picos de Europa, dominios de roca y volcanes" , Museo de Arte Moderno del Estado de Mexico, Toluca

2012 México, tierra de volcanes, Museo Regional de Historia de Colima, Colima

2013 Episodios de Luz, Galeria Casa Lamm, Mexico City

2014 Mexico y Japon, territorios de fuego, Embajada de Mexico en Japon, Tokio

2015 Mexico y Japon, territorios de fuego, Museo Casa del Risco, Mexico City

2015 Mexico y Japon, territorios de fuego, Espacio Japon, Embajada de Japon, Mexico City

2016 Remanentes de la cuenca, Aldama Fine Art, Mexico City

2018 Grand Canyon, Zion and Sedona Experience, Inverarte Art Gallery, San Antonio, Texas