Now that the new year is well underway\, we have a visual treat in store for you: a Mexican surrealist de scribed as a serious scholar with a delicious sense of humor. Enrique Chava rria’s paintings defy analysis. Art historian Tatiana Flores puts it this w ay: “Losing oneself in the images and enjoying the journeys into unexpected worlds that they offer yield the most satisfying visual and mental experie nce.”

Ghosts and trolls\, wraiths and fortunetellers\, bizarre juxtapositions flow from the wellspring of his imagination\, a torrent of unimaginable tableaux guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. His skillfu l draftsmanship may even present a few faces that look oddly familiar.

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“< i>Chavarria (1927-1998) is a Mexican surrealist in the tradition of Rem edios Varo and Leonora Carrington\, but with his own iconography\,” says ga llery owner and director Virginia Miller.

Trained in Mexico Ci ty at the Academia de San Carlos\, the reclusive artist spent most of his l ife painting and studying. According to Bryna Prensky\, the art dealer who acquired most of his work\, “He knew several languages and his reading cove red a broad range\, from Homer and other ancient literature ... to more con temporary authors. Much of his work was inspired by poetry\, particularly t hat of Rimbaud\, Eluard\, Valery and Andre Breton.”


The fairy tales\, myths and legends of literature and alche my can be seen in Chavarria’s fantasies\, which often feature anthropomorph ized plants and objects\, bizarre juxtapositions of wraiths and realistic s ettings\, and dream-like scenes with fairy-tale princesses interacting with nightmarish creatures.

Laura Seewoester\, writing in ”Pegasus News” of Dallas and Ft. Worth\, Texas\, states that “Despite the whimsical nature of surrealism\, he shows painstaking attention to detail and paints with the utmost precision. Each piece is brimming with imagination and sym bolism. They possess an uncanny familiarity\, due in part to his inspiratio n from surrealist greats such as Dali\, in part to his religious and litera ry references and also because of his renaissance-esque style.”


Chavarria’s passion for snorkeling and u nderwater photography “explains his frequent marine scenes and inclusion of underwater creatures\,” Prensky notes.

Included with the doze ns of oil paintings are a number of drawings and a page of the artist’s ske tches of elements for future works.

The artist’s biography inc ludes solo exhibitions at the Florida International Museum\, St. Petersburg \; Mary Brogan Museum\, Tallahassee\; Latino Cultural Center\, Dallas\; Mia mi Museum of Science\; Nueva Galeria de Arte\; Galeria Bryna\, Mexico City and Palm Beach\; and Galeria Misrachi\, Mexico City.


LOCATION:ArtSpace / Virginia Miller Galleries\,169 Madeira Avenue \nCoral G ables\, FL 33134 SUMMARY:SURREALISTIC VISIONS OF ENRIQUE CHAVARRIA\, Enrique Chavarria END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR