new-york

Julio Galan

Annina Nosei Gallery

More formally refined than in the past, Julio Galan’s recent paintings remain cryptically autobiographical, addressing key issues of selfhood—birth, love, sexuality, memory, and fantasy. A Mexican who lives in New York, Galan is openly eclectic, and his largely figurative, often mixed-media paintings reflect the influence of European and American artists such as Francesco Clemente and David Salle, as well as fellow Mexicans such as Frida Kahlo. Simultaneously pertinent with respect to current artistic concerns and somehow time-tested, Galan’s works exceed the sum of these influences.

He draws from the Mexican tradition of Catholic ex-voto and retablo devotional images, and a religious flavor often dominates his work. In Como Un Jardín (Like a garden, 1990), a contemplative, almost saintlike self-portrait, the artist surrounds himself with carefully arranged, found image-fragments that look

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