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El Mundo Vibrante de la Familia Lorenzo

El Mundo Vibrante de la Familia Lorenzo/ The Vibrant World of the Lorenzo Family 
On View: May 1 – June 28, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, May 1, 2020; 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is excited to exhibit the stunningly colorful paintings of la Familia Lorenzo, a prominent, long-standing family of folk artists from Guerrero, Mexico.  This exhibition will showcase hundreds of works that celebrate their country’s folklore and tradition.

The family consists of Lucas Lorenzo, the originator of this painting tradition; his four sons: Aureliano, Jesus, Nicolas, and Santiago; his daughters Carlota and Lizbeth; and grandson Fernando, the beginning of a third generation of artists and the driving force behind their business. Using common materials such as acrylic paint on masonite, each member of the family incorporates their own hand in the artwork, either by outlining the initial drawing, applying color, or adorning each piece with customary Mexican patterns. Collectively, the finished works of art perfectly merge tradition, fantasy, and newer adaptations of storytelling in Mexico today. These paintings from Guerrero give us a look at Mexico’s incredible folk art practices in a contemporary way, while also supporting working artisans and allowing them to tell their story through their own words.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is thrilled to celebrate this prolific portfolio of works during a pay-what-you-wish opening reception on Friday, May 1, 2020. This exhibition will take place during the Mexican Cultural Center’s ‘Mexican Week’, a yearly celebration of Mexican culture that brings awareness to the Mexican community in Philadelphia.