April 10 - August 30, 2020
This exhibition will mark the first retrospective from the distinguished American artist, Bruno Andrade (b. 1947 in San Antonio, TX – 2013 in Corpus Christi, TX). His work is inspired by nature, which he painted from what he saw, from his memory, and from his own interior vision. He is most widely known for his colorful paintings that capture the environment and land of South Texas. The exhibition opens on April 10th, and will continue until May 31, 2020.
Bruno Andrade studied at Texas A&M University in Kingsville majoring in art. He earned his MFA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1977. There he was introduced to Josef Albers’ color theory which impacted on him throughout his career. In the 1980s, Andrade returned to Texas to teach art at Texas A&M University for almost three decades, serving as a role model and mentor for many aspiring young artists. He was an admirer of Rufino Tamayo and Henri Matisse. Through his studies, he created his own original artistic vision based on nature interpreting landscapes and still lifes in brilliant color. His work is in public collections, including Mexic-Arte Museum, and many private collections.
Andrade identified heavily with South Texas. About being in Corpus Christi, he stated, “ The coastal light of Corpus Christi creates colors that excite my emotions… The one thing that has always grabbed me here is the nature. The power of the soil. I love to have water around, but I think it is the energy of the soil… that really sparks my excitement…” For Andrade this was his sense of place – the land and spirit of the Texas coast. The exhibition will display examples of Andrade’s art throughout his career, and show how his theories and concepts were transformed into color and light.
On View: April 10, 2020 | 1–5 pm
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