Chocolate, champagne, flowers and eternal love evoke thoughts of Valentine’s Day. They also are the theme behind Amor Eterno: The Heart Show, featuring folk artist Fernando Lorenzo and his family, La Familia Lorenzo.
Amor Eterno: The Heart Show is part of the annual theme for Valentine’s Day hosted by one of the Heights’ longtime favorites, Casa Ramirez Folkart Gallery at 241 W. 19th St.
The retailer will feature original artwork appropriate for the month by the Lorenzos. Fernando is a third-generation artist in the style of his grandfather, Lucas Lorenzo, who sold paintings in a Mexico City bazaar.
“My grandfather is the first member in my family who ever started painting 50 years ago,” Fernando Lorenzo said in an artist statement. “His paintings have always been an interpretation of the dances, outfits, traditions, celebrations of festivals … things we have seen or grown up with in Xalitla, our pueblo in the State of Guerrero in Mexico. He is a self-taught artist and paints on wood.”
The elder Lorenzo switched from painting on traditional amate paper, a type of bark paper, to masonite, a more durable material, early in his career. The family continues this tradition.
“My father, Aureliano Lorenzo, his brothers Nicolas and Jesus and his sister Lizbeth Lorenzo form the second generation,” Fernando said. “They have all grown up, sharing and learning from my grandfather’s talent. They have developed their own style and ideas, adding new designs and being creative in their own styles.”
Fernando and his brother, Antonio, are the first of the third generation of family artists and proudly carry on the tradition.
“Together, my dad, my brother, my mother and I are a really cool team,” Fernando said. “Our work today is in Chuy’s Restaurants in Austin, in various shops and galleries and we recently had an exhibit at the Mexican Consulate in Houston.”
Like their host, Casa Ramirez Folkart Gallery, the family seeks to educate the world through their paintings for a broader understanding of Mexican family traditions and their importance to Mexico.
A chocolate and champagne reception with the artist is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb 8.
Chocolate is indigenous to Mexico and is valued in many of its culinary dishes. It’s a natural at this season!
Other work includes handcrafted artisan hearts from Mexico.
Casa Ramirez Folkart Gallery is located in the heart of the historic Heights shopping district. It’s an unusual shop, which is more like a Mexican market than an art gallery, though it features many well-known local and statewide artists year-round. Casa Ramirez also offers classes on Dia de Los Muertos traditions and altar building. Visitors can learn Spanish and take part in book readings and storytelling as well. Find out more at www.casaramirez.com.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the Market at Sawyer Yards. Find him at ArtValet.com.