Los Angeles

José Muñoz

Zora's Gallery

Aligned with the “Nueva Presencia,” Muñoz’ recent works dispense with his early cylindrical simplifications of the human body. Now he creates stoney angular be­ings whose massive bones stretch within their chunky muscles and sallow skins as if the very skeletons were fighting to master their fleshly wrappings. In­spired by the terse and moving poems of Nezahualcoyotl, a 15th-century Lord of Tezcoco, Muñoz’ genuine sentiment, the pride and anguish he feels for his people, unfortunately are not sufficient to make him a good painter. He lacks the necessary sensuous intuition.

Rosalind G. Wholden