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Ricardo Mazal, one of Mexico’s most prominent contemporary artists, is known for his lush abstract oil paintings in which he explores spiritual themes.

 

He is perhaps best known for his near decade-long investigations into the sacred burial rituals of diverse cultures, from the Mayan tomb of The Red Queen in Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico, to the Buddhist prayer flags of Bhutan. These studies yielded a succession of large, multidisciplinary bodies of work reflective of the artist’s observations. However, his most recent series, Violeta and Prague, are imbued with a more personal narrative, increasingly transitioning Mazal from witness to author.

 

Ricardo Mazal has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe. Since 2000, he has had fourteen individual museum exhibitions in Mexico and the United States, including five retrospectives of his work at the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey (2000), the Museo de Arte Moderno de la Ciudad de México (2006), the Museo de Arte de Querétaro (2009), the Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguerez (2010) and the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, as well as thematic exhibitions in the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (2006), the Museo Nacional de Antropología (2004-2005) and the Centro Cultural Estación Indianilla, among others. In 2015 Mazal’s work was included in Frontiers Reimagined, a Collateral Event of the 56th Venice Biennale.

 

Mazal’s work is included in the permanent collections of The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota; Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez, Zacatecas, Mexico; Maeght Foundation, Paris; Centro de las Artes, Monterrey, Mexico; Cirque du Soleil, Montreal; the Peninsula Hotel, Shanghai; and Deutsche Bank, New York and Germany.

 

Born in Mexico City, 1950 | Lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico and New York

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United With Nature: In a Retrospective, the Mexican Artist Exposes His Connection With the Universe July 26, 2018

A chat with Gunter Gerzo changed his life and made Ricardo Mazal one the country’s most outstanding abstract artists. 

Albuquerque Journal
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Albuquerque Journal
Artist Ricardo Mazal Finds Worldly Inspiration June 10, 2018

Ribbons like light waves undulate across Ricardo Mazal’s mammoth oils. They could reflect the texture of tree bark underpinned by the horizontal geometry of a music staff. Light flickers across the raised ridges of paint like filaments.

Vanity Fair
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Vanity Fair
Los 4 Fantásticos: ESTOS ARTISTAS MEXICANOS CONQUISTAN EL MUNDO DESDE NUEVA YORK January 2017

When Sundaram Tagore Gallery had to select a strong artist to inaugurate their renovated space in Manhattan, they drew upon Ricardo Mazal.

Trend Magazine
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Trend Magazine
Long Days' Journey into Light June 2015

Artist Ricardo Mazal's multimedia explorations plumb the depths of human experience.

Architectural Digest México
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Architectural Digest México
Esencia, Espíritu y Color May 2015

Descubre el estudio del artista mexicano Ricardo Mazal ubicado en Santa Fe, Nuevo México.

Artsy
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Artsy
Sundaram Tagore’s “World Art” Fills a Venetian Palazzo May 2015

Sundaram Tagore had his first taste of the Venice Biennale as a graduate student, when a scholarship from the Italian Ministry of Culture landed him in the city to study museology at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Now, 26 years on, with eponymous galleries in New York, Singapore, and Hong Kong, Tagore has returned to mount his own exhibition to run alongside the 56th Venice Biennale.

South China Morning Post | Post Magazine
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South China Morning Post | Post Magazine
The Exhibitionists October 2014

Gallerist Sundaram Tagore's 2,500 sq ft Mid-Levels flat is filled with artwork that speaks volumes about his family.

BLOUIN ARTINFO
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BLOUIN ARTINFO
Video Interview with Ricardo Mazal April 2014

Painter Ricardo Mazal talks about spirituality and his show Kailash: Black Mountain.

蘋果日報
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蘋果日報
泰戈爾後人 「藝術是歷史解碼器」 October 2013

「當我們大為謙卑的時候,便是我們最接近偉大的時候。(We come nearest to the great when we are great in humility)」這是曾獲諾貝爾文學獎的印度大文豪泰戈爾(Rabindranath Tagore)讓人耳熟能詳的名句。他周遊列國,與徐悲鴻、譚雲山為友,對促進東西文化最落力,描寫也最為細膩,甚至影響中國一代詩風。個半世紀後,泰戈爾對文化融通的深層視野仍然像基因遺傳在第五代子孫 Sundaram Tagore 的血液裏。「當我曾曾祖父拿到諾貝爾文學獎後,把獎金都捐到大學去,他深信人道主義(humanity)而非民族主義(nationalism)會令世界變好。我也深受影響,藝術不是商品也不只講求美輪美奐,最重要是有沒有達到歷史解碼的功能。」Sundaram Tagore這印度大文豪之後如是說。他更侃侃而談「文化衝擊」作為自己收藏和經營事業的單一準則與品味。

Blouin Artinfo/Modern Painters
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Blouin Artinfo/Modern Painters
500 Best Galleries Worldwide July 2013

Sundaram Tagore Gallery has been named one of the top galleries in the world by Blouin Artinfo and Modern Painters magazine.

Sing Tao Daily
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Sing Tao Daily
Descendant of Tagore plans to set up gallery at WKCD July 2012

Sundaram targets the West Kowloon Cultural District as the gallery’s future location and plans to introduce local artists to the international art scene.

South China Morning Post
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South China Morning Post
Let the Sun Shine On August 2009

"A Hong Kong gallery is taking an upbeat attitude by presenting major names in its exhibitions [...] Even as galleries along the city's arts and antiques hub, Hollywood Road axe show and offer fewer high-priced works to tide over the global credit crunch, Sundaram Tagore continues to showcase major pieces by the artists it represents."

South China Morning Post
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South China Morning Post
Preview: Here and Now at Sundaram Tagore Gallery March 2009

Art historian Sundaram Tagore's doctoral thesis looks at Indian artists' response to European modernisation from the 1940s to 1980s. As a curator, however, his focus is more on the here and now. Hence the title of his gallery's latest group exhibition by 18 international artists, which opens today at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery's Hong Kong branch.

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Insight: Ricardo Mazal Winter 2008

"After taking hundreds of photographs, Mazal repeated the steps he developed by blending them with cropped art on his computer. He produced digital sketches, some horizontal and some vertical, to showcase his different interpretations of the forest."

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