Fatima Ronquillo’s paintings are a wonderfully eclectic combination of many styles – old masters, folk art, classical European portraiture and surrealism. We love the roundness and friendliness of her subjects, especially when combined with the added surprise of surreal elements and sarcasm. Like little cherub dolls, they sit for us – unpretentious and a little melancholy. Or as innocent children with something a little naughty or serious, hidden within.
Ronquillo was born in the Philippines and is self-taught. She began making paintings in the style of the European masters she saw in books and has absorbed elements of magical realism. She created a series of precious little eye paintings in 2011-2012, which really caught our fancy – some quotes below about them…
“The surreal aspect of an isolated ‘lover’s eye’ attracts me tremendously, the idea of physical dismemberment which is symbolic of a removal or estrangement of a loved one. For anyone who has ever been in love or had a crush on someone, the photograph of the beloved is treasured. It reminds me of the Mexican milagros―little charms of different body parts used to aid in praying for the healing of broken arms or hearts, or even eyes.”
“Compositionally speaking, the framed ornamental eye gives context and a reason for a floating third or fourth eye in a painting. It’s a device of conceit: a portrait within a portrait.”
LINK: Fatima’s Website
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