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Mexican Artist Efren Gonzalez Visits Ashland Art Center

Ceramic Clay Mural Mexico

Efren Gonzalez with Ceramic Mural

Ashland Art Center is so excited to bring International Artist Efren Gonzalez to Southern Oregon for a visit and round of workshops in September!

Efren Gonzalez lives on Lake Chapala in the town of Ajijic, a picturesque fishing village near Guadalajara.  He enthusiastically engages visitors and locals in the Efren Gonzalez Cultural Center, a gallery, frame shop, ceramics studio, and classroom, where he mentors both adults and children.   His work includes painted murals, watercolor and oil paintings, and a recently developed, incredible, three-dimensional clay mural technique.

Efren Gonzalez Clay Mural  Painted

Efren Gonzalez - Ceramic Mural

These clay murals were inspired by ancient Mayan traditions, although the method and outcome is completely Efren’s invention.  The murals, which measure about 8 feet high and can be as much as 18 feet wide, are made in sections, then fired and assembled at the installation site.  Although the subject matter for these murals was originally Mayan motifs, Efren soon expanded to more contemporary themes, telling stories of Mexico’s independence from Spain using historical figures and symbols sculpted together to create a rich piece of art.   Even the clay he uses has important artistic significance for Efren.  “Almost every culture around the world started using clay for their domestic needs, and for many of them it became a form of art.  For me, being Mexican, clay is something I am very proud of, since it is presented in every one of the cultures developed in pre-Hispanic times.  In a way, I am bringing the art of Mexico from ancient times to the present day.”  Although Efren has only recently begun creating murals using this technique, he has received private commissions, won first prize in a mural competition, and been commissioned by the city of Chapala for an official project.   Students will have an opportunity to create smaller murals in the three day Clay Mural Workshop, held September 24, 25,26.

Efren Gonzalez

Oil Painting by Efren Gonzalez

Efren will be also lead an Oil Painting Workshop September 27 and 28.  This is the perfect opportunity for people who are interested in trying oils without the expense of investing in a full line of oil, as Efren will be providing the paint for the class.  His style is vibrant, colorful, expressive and intense.  He mixes realist and impressionist techniques to create cheerful scenes inspired by the Mexican landscape, people and objects.

The free public lecture and potluck on Friday September 23, at 6:30 pm is limited to 30 people.  Reserve your space now!  Efren will be speaking about his work, his Cultural Center and Mexican Art and History.

Ceramic Mural Workshop

  •  Sept 24, 25, 26 11am – 4 pm
  • $240 (Discounted to $210 for registrations prior to August 1)
  • Contact Sarah Burns for questions and registration at541-621-7767 or [email protected].
  • Discounts also available for those attending both Clay Mural and Oil Painting with Efren Gonzalez.
  • Registration forms available HERE.
  • Held at Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St, Ashland, OR

Oil Painting Workshop

  • September 27, 28, 2011  11 am – 4 pm (with lunch break)
  • $160, (discounted registration prior to August 1, $140)
  • Contact Sarah Burns for questions or registration at 541-621-7767 or [email protected]
  • Discounts also available for those attending both Clay Mural and Oil Painting with Efren Gonzalez.
  • Registration Form available HERE.
  • Held at Ashland Art Center, 357 E Main St, Ashland, OR

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