Project Description

Ricardo Mazal

b. 1950, Mexico

Ricardo Mazal explores themes of life, death, transformation, and regeneration through a multidisciplinary approach to painting that combines photography and digital technology.  In 2004 he embarked on a trilogy examining the sacred burial rituals of three cultures, continents, and time periods.  He began at the Mayan tomb of The Red Queen in Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico, then traveled to the Peace Forest cemetery in Odenwald, Germany, and finally to the sky burials of Mount Kailash in western Tibet. Mazal works from the documentation of his travels, using photography as a bridge that links reality to abstraction.

Ricardo Mazal was born in Mexico City in 1950. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America, including ten individual museum exhibitions in the last several years.  His work is included in the public collections of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; Museo de Arte Moderno in Mexico City; Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguerez in Zacatecas, Mexico; Maeght Foundation in Paris; and Deutsche Bank in New York and Germany. He currently lives and works in both Santa Fe, New Mexico and New York City.

AWARDS, GRANTS, AND HONORS
2010
Creador Artistico, Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (FONCA), Mexico
2002
Creador Artistico, Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (FONCA), Mexico
1998
Creador Artistico, Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (FONCA), Mexico
1991
Pollock Krassner Foundation, New York, NY
 
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2017
Violeta, Museo Estación Indianilla, Mexico City, Mexico
2017
Violet, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
2017
New Work, Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016
Violet, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
2015
Butan Abstracto, Museo Estacion Indianilla, Mexico City, Mexico (catalogue)
2015
New Paintings, Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, Canada (catalogue)
2015
New Paintings, Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)
2014
Bhutan Abstractions, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
2014
Kailash Black Mountain, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore
2014
Kailash Black Mountain, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2013
New Paintings, Odon Wagner Gallery, Toronto, Canada (catalog)
2013
The Kora Dialogues, Elins Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA (catalog)
2012
Kailash, Museo Estación Indianilla, Mexico City, Mexico. (Catalog)
2012
Ricardo Mazal Select Works, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
2011
New Works, Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ.
2011
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2010
KORA, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
2010
KORA, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2010
Elins Eagle-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2010
Ricardo Mazal 1994-2009, Museo Abstracto Manuel Felguerez, Zacatecas, ZC, Mexico
2010
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2009
Ricardo Mazal 1994-2009, Museum of Art, Queretaro, Queretaro, QRO, Mexico
2009
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2008
Ricardo Mazal Odenwald 1152, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
2008
Ricardo Mazal Odenwald 1152, Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, DC
2008
Dwight Hackett Projects, Santa Fe, NM
2008
Elins Eagle-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2007
Mas Art Moderno y Contemporáneo, Barcelona, Spain
2007
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2007
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canáda
2006
Ricardo Mazal, La Tumba de la Reina Roja: From Reality to Abstraction, Centro de las Artes, Pinacoteca, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
2006
Ricardo Mazal, La Tumba de la Reina Roja: From Reality to Abstraction, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ
2006
Ricardo Mazal, Works 1994 – 2006, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
2006
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2006
New Works, Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2005
Ricardo Mazal, La Tumba de la Reina Roja: From Reality to Abstraction, Museo
2005
Nacional de Antropología, Mexico City, Mexico
2005
From Reality to Abstraction, Elins Eagle-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2005
Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canada
2005
Chiaroscuro Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2004
Ricardo Mazal, La Tumba de la Reina Roja: From Reality to Abstraction, Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2004
Ricardo Mazal, Paintings and Monotypes from the series La Tumba de la Reina Roja, Chiaroscuro Gallery. Santa Fe, NM
2004
Ricardo Mazal, Obra Reciente, Mas Art Moderno y Contemporáneo, Barcelona, Spain, Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2004
Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2003
Ricardo Mazal, New Paintings, Elins and Eagles-Smith Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2003
Ricardo Mazal, New Monotypes, Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA
2002
Ricardo Mazal, Paintings from The Center for Contemporary Arts, Galería Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
2002
Ricardo Mazal, New Paintings and Monotypes, Ricardo Mazal, Gary Mankus Collaborative Photography, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2002
New Paintings by Ricardo Mazal, The Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM
2002
Ricardo Mazal, April 15, New Paintings and Works on Paper, Galería Ramis Barquet, New York, NY
2001
Ricardo Mazal, Galerie 89, Aarwangen, Switzerland
2001
Ricardo Mazal, New Paintings, Photographs and Drawings, Rule Gallery, Denver, CO
2001
Ricardo Mazal, Pintura, Fotografía, Dibujo, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico
2001
New Monotypes, Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA
2000
Ricardo Mazal, Obras,1991-2000, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Monterrey, NL, Mexico
2000
Recent Paintings, Galería Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
2000
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
2000
Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1999
Rule Modern and Contemporary Gallery, Denver, CO
1999
Erickson & Elins/Fine Art, San Francisco, CA
1999
New Monotypes, Aurobora Press, San Francisco, CA
1999
The E – Series, Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York, NY
1999
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1998
Ricardo Mazal, The Yellow Circle & Eve, Galería Maeght, Barcelona, Spain
1997
Bentley Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
1997
Yellow Circle Series, Rule Modern and Contemporary Gallery, Denver, CO
1997
Vail-Giesler Contemporary Art, Des Moines, IA
1996
Ricardo Mazal, Pintura y Fotografía, Galería Ramis Barquet, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
1994
Galería Maeght, Barcelona, Spain
1992
Ricardo Mazal, Pinturas, Dibujos, Grabados, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico
1990
Scott Alan Gallery, New York, NY
1990
Ricardo Mazal, Pinturas, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City
1990
Ricardo Mazal, Pinturas, Galería Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
1989
Ricardo Mazal, Scott Alan Gallery, New York, NY
1988
Huellas del Tiempo, Ricardo Mazal, Galería de Arte Mexicano, Mexico City, Mexico
1988
Huellas del Tiempo, Ricardo Mazal, Galería Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
1988
Galería Nomen, Barcelona, Spain
1988
Galería Carl Van Der Voort, Ibiza, Spain
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2015
Frontiers Reimagined, Venice Biennial, Museo di Palazzo Grimani, Venice, Italy
2014
Messico Circa 2000, Scuderie del Casello di Miramare Trieste, Italy
2013
Natural Selection, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2013
Natural Selection, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
2012
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2012
Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
2011
Spectrum: East West Beyond, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, China.
2011
Summer Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY.
2011
Continuum, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, China.
2011
Convergence, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Beverley Hills, CA.
2010
22/22 Artistas Mexicanos, Museum of Art, Queretaro, Queretaro, QRO, Mexico. (Catalog)
2010
New Creative Constructs, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York NY.
2010
Entre Medios: Contemporary Latin American Art, Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Vancouver, BC, Canáda
2009
Here and Now, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York, NY
2009
Summer Group Show, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, China
2008
Pushing Paint Around, Scottsdale Museum of Comtemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ.
2007
3 Americas: Robert Kelly, Ricardo Mazal, Daniel Senise, Galeria Emma Molina, Monterrey, NL, México
2007
An Eclectic Eye: Selections From the Dan Leach Collection, Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ
2006
De la Coleción, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
2005
Retrospective / Prospective, Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
2005
Espejos: Artistas contemporaneos de Mexico en Estados Unidos, Mexican Cultural Institute, Washington, DC
2005
Transversal: Richard Serra, Jaime Brunson, Tony Coulter, Gary Komarin, Ricardo Mazal, Jae Ko, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
2004
Ray Smith, Fernanda Brunet, Sylvia Fernandez, Ricardo Mazal y Victor Rodríguez, Galería Lucía de la Puente, Lima, Peru
2003
Paper, Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York, NY
2003
11/11: Eleven Painters, Eleven Views of Abstraction, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2003
Abstract Art, New Mexico Artist Series, Anderson Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM
2003
Siglo XX: Grandes Maestros Mexicanos (The Twentieth Century: Great Mexican Masters), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Monterrey, NL, Mexico
2003
Paint Junkies, Michael Martin Galleries, San Francisco, CA
2002
Arte de América Latina, (Art from Latin America) Galería Lucía de la Puente, Lima, Peru
2002
Wrapped, Evo Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
2002
Beau Geste: Abstract Paintings in Torroella di Montgrí, Michael Dunev Art Projects, Torroella de Montgrí, Girona, Spain
2002
Group Show, Robert Kidd Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2001
Tendencias, Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
2001
Between the Lines, Bushlen-Mowatt Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2001
Between Worlds: Jewish Artists of Latin America, Mizel Arts Center, Denver, CO
2001
FOUR: Selected Works by Lynda Karshan/ Ricardo Mazal/ Rex Ray/Sophie Smallhorn, Michael Martin Galleries, San Francisco, CA
2001
Abstracciones, Traveling exhibition in Mexico organized by the Mexican Ministry of Culture
2000
Mexico/ New York: A Vital Dialogue, The Mexican Cultural Institute, New York, NY
2000
Paisaje Urbano, Galería Enrique Guerrero, Mexico City, Mexico
1999
Inapropiadamente Dibujo, Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, Mexico City, Mexico
1999
Today and Everyday, Ramis Barquet Gallery, New York, NY
1999
The Conscious Line, Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum, ID
1999
Introductions & Dialogue, Michael Martin Galleries, San Francisco, CA
1998
4th Salon de Arte Bancomer, Mexico City, Mexico
1998
Limn Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997
Laura Anderson Barbata, Linda Matalon, Ricardo Mazal: Embodied Abstraction, Americas Society Art Gallery, New York, NY
1997
Painting Group Exhibition, Megan Fox Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1997
Drawings and Photographs, Megan Fox Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
1997
3er Premio MARCO (Third MARCO Prize exhibition), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, NL, Mexico
1997
Red, Robin Rule Gallery, Denver, CO
1996
Modern Miniatures: The Redefining of the Small, Brewster Gallery, New York, NY
1997
Collective: Paintings on Cloth and Paper, Ricardo Mazal, Bob Nugent, Gustavo Ramos Rivera, Michael Dunev Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1997
Premio MARCO 1996 (MARCO Prize exhibition), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, NL, Mexico
1997
Red, Robin Rule Gallery, Denver, CO
1995
Premio MARCO 1995 (MARCO Prize exhibition), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, NL, Mexico
1995
Le Noir est un Coleur, Galerí¬a Maeght, Madrid, Spain
1994
Pinturerías: el Artel Taurino, Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico, City; traveling exhibition in Mexico, Spain, and the United States
1993
The Inaugural Show, The Painting Center, New York, NY
1992
Abstractus, Scott Alan Gallery, New York, NY
1991
En el Umbral del Siglo XXI, Galerí¬a Maeght, Barcelona, Spain
1991
Galería Carl Van Der Voort, Ibiza, Spain
1990
Parallel Project: New Moments in Mexican Painting, New York, NY
1989
Pintura Mexicana de Hoy, Tradición e Inovación, Centro Cultural Alfa and Galería Arte Actual Mexicano, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
1988
Galería Nomen, Barcelona, Spain
1988
Galería Carl Van Der Voort, Ibiza, Spain
1987
Galería Angel Romero, Madrid, Spain
1987
Tom Maddock Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
1987
Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona, Spain
 
COLLECTIONS
Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, NL, Mexico.
Cirque du Soleil, Montreal, QC, Canada.
MACO-UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico.
Museo de Arte Moderno (MAM), Mexico City, Mexico.
Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey (MARCO), Monterrey, NL, Mexico.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale, AZ, USA.
Maeght Foundation, Paris, France.
Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez, Zacatecas, Mexico.
Museo del Arzobispado, Mexico City, Mexico.
Banco de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico.
Deutsche Bank, New York, NY USA and Germany.
CEMEX, Monterrey, NL, Mexico.
Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, New York, NY, USA.
The Apple Corporation, Cupertino, CA, USA
The Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai, China
Coleccion Grupo Alfa
Private Collections in the USA, Mexico, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain,
Japan and Korea.

Visual Art Source: Editorial Features
Ricardo Mazal, a Mexican painter now living in New York and Santa Fe, might be said to absorb the contradictory impulses of his environs: monochrome abstraction and a feeling for landscape. He combines photographic studies of sites that he has visited, many of them endowed with spiritual meaning, brought together through his love of the painting process and its materials.

Trend Magazine: Long Day’s Journey into Light
If you walk through fear, ecstacy may be on the other side. Or enlightenment. It’s the sort of idea that Mexican abstract painter Ricardo Mazal, a resident of Santa Fe, would grin at with his customary – and infections – delight.

Art Toronto: Bhutan Abstractions – Ricardo Mazal
A prayer is a powerful cleansing and unifying emotion. Quintessential to Bhutan, prayer flags are as much a work of art as an act of devotion. Through his paintings, Ricardo Mazal creates a connection of his personal narrative to this living form of Bhutanese culture.

Artsy: Sundaram Tagore’s “World Art” Fills a Venetian Palazzo
An official collateral exhibition of the Biennale, “Frontiers Reimagined” represents 25 countries through 44 artists and 65 works – al within the 16th-century Museum de Palazzo Grimani.

Architectural Digest: Esencia, Espiritu y Color

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