Biography

Ricardo Mazal, one of Mexico’s most prominent contemporary artists, explores themes of life, death, transformation and regeneration through a multidisciplinary approach to painting that combines photography and digital technology.

In 2004, the artist 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. His newest series—inspired by the sky burials of Mount Kailash—marks the final installment of his triumvirate. In each of his investigations, photographs have been the impetus. For Mazal, photography is a bridge that links reality to abstraction. He begins by manipulating his photographs on the computer to compose a digital sketch. He then moves onto the canvas, delicately layering oil paint using foam-rubber blades. To reveal luminous passages of color, Mazal sweeps a dry blade with varying degrees of pressure across the canvas. The vestiges of paint are almost embryonic in structure with faint texture and hue.

At regular intervals, Mazal photographs his painting in progress. Returning to his computer, he creates hybrid sketches that fuse the photographs of the painting with the virtual drawing allowing him to revisit his composition. Often, Mazal’s influences will also spring from images of previous paintings, which he incorporates into new digital sketches. It is a regenerative and cyclical process closely paralleling the themes he explores.

Ricardo Mazal’s work is included in the collections of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona; Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City; Museo de Arte Abstracto Manuel Felguérez, Zacatecas, Mexico; Maeght Foundation, Paris; and Deutsche Bank, New York and Germany. In 2006, a retrospective of his work was held at the Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City’s Centro Cultural Estación Indianilla and his large-scale painting Black Mountain MK 2 was included in Frontiers Reimagined, a Collateral Event of the Venice Biennale curated and organized by Sundaram Tagore, in 2015.

Mazal divides his time between Mexico City and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Group Show
Singapore
Group Show
November 4, 2017 – January 22, 2018
GROUP SHOW
Singapore
GROUP SHOW
July 20 – September 17, 2017
Ricardo Mazal
Singapore
Ricardo Mazal
Violeta + Bhutan April 6 – May 28, 2017
Ricardo Mazal
NY | Madison Avenue
Ricardo Mazal
Violet November 25, 2016 – January 19, 2017
Ricardo Mazal
NY | Chelsea
Ricardo Mazal
Violet November 17 – December 31, 2016
Ricardo Mazal
NY | Chelsea
Ricardo Mazal
Bhutan Abstractions November 20 – December 20, 2014
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Singapore
Ricardo Mazal
Kailash: Black Mountain April 11 – May 15, 2014
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Hong Kong
Ricardo Mazal
Kailash: Black Mountain March 27 – May 3, 2014
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NY | Chelsea
Ricardo Mazal
Kailash November 15, 2012 – January 5, 2013
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Beverly Hills
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May 3 – June 2, 2012
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HONG KONG
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KORA April 14 – May 20, 2011
Ricardo Mazal
NY | Chelsea
Ricardo Mazal
KORA November 18, 2010 – January 1, 2011
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Beverly Hills
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New Works February 20 – April 3, 2010
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NY | Chelsea
Ricardo Mazal
Odenwald 1152 October 30 – November 22, 2008
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Violet
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Publication
Ricardo Mazal
Bhutan Abstractions
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Publication
Ricardo Mazal
Kailash | Black Mountain
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Ricardo Mazal
KORA
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Odenwald 1152
New Video
Ricardo Mazal | Violet
New York
Vanity Fair
Press
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
Press
Trend Magazine
Long Days' Journey into Light June 2015

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

Architectural Digest México
Press
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
Press
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
Press
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
Press
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
Press
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
Press
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
Press
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.

Artworks
Press
Artworks
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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