Mario Avila


Monday, September 20 - Friday, October 15, 2004


INTERIORS features luscious, detailed, abstracted views of Mexico City. Using oil paints on paper, Mario Avila offers us a perspective rarely seen. He says: "The world is chaotic and only by choosing its components do we give it form and name it." Exploring hybrid ideas, such as flashing city neon lights and brilliant tropical forms, his angles suggest frames, doors, windows, forests and prairies. Avila's paintings are compact and exciting, enveloping everything within their reach. Circles, floating spheres, immutable and perennial-like signs, and images suggesting fleeting thoughts, mysteriously guide the viewer. His squares and rectangles sometimes look like paper sheets, open and ready to write in: a poem, a phrase, an anecdote, an ancient recipe of a medieval alchemists...something locked inside the brain that must be said. His delicate, but densely layered paintings seem to almost disperse fluids, vapors, and stains, enticing the viewer to strange places where memory meanders. Mario Avila was born in 1958 in Mexico City, and has painted since childhood. He currently lives in Tabasco, Mexico, where he can be found painting at this very moment.