Resurrection is a retrospective of the surreal, autobiographical work of Mexican artist Julio Galan (1958 - 2006). On view at Ramis Barquet, Galan's paintings hauntingly illustrate the artist's childhood memories along with his feelings of "longing and fear, sexuality and frustrated desire," (from show's press release). Combining "personal histories with elements of Catholic and pre-Columbian iconography, Mexican folk traditions and pop culture," Galan created enigmatic and often disturbing self-portraits. As his own model and muse, Galan presented himself in his work in varying guises, ages, gender, and species. Several of his works incorporate swathes of fabric woven through the canvas via strategically placed openings. The draping cloth adds a dramatic touch to Galan's evocative, powerful, and cathartic paintings. As the press release states, "He casts out the demons of his past by recreating them and inviting a crowd to witness their resurrection..."
Galan was born in northern Mexico to a well-to-do mining family in 1958 and was raised in Monterrey. He moved to New York in 1984 and had his work published in Andy Warhol's Interview magazine. He also had his paintings displayed at the Mexican Consulate, Art Mart in the East Village, and the famous Palladium nightclub before being exhibited in major galleries and museums around the world. Galan died of a brain hemorrhage in 2006. Learn more at Ramisbarquet.com and Juliogalanweb.com. Through July 9th.