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t.ronen Living My Life

"Living My Life"

Dedicated in the honor of
the painter Tzipora Ronen of blessed memory
A young soul. An artist in her spirit and mind.
Her works were painted with colors of hope and bliss.

Living My Life
Why Tamayo?
Why Amate?

The surreal and mystic atmosphere that surrounds everything in Mexico seeps through the skin of every Mexican child. I am a Mexican child. Every pore in my skin absorbed it. It influences my perception of color and form, of light and shadow. It shaped my professional life.
Studying in San Idelfonso, my prep school in Mexico City was for me an exciting and intoxication experience. The marvelous murals by Diego Rivera, Alfaro Siqueiros, Jose Clemente Orozco and Rufino Tamayo that cover its venerable walls left in me an indelible imprint. It has become the common denominator of the color of my paintings regardless of style or subject matter – at any given stage in my life as an artist.
Without being aware of a conscious decision, I began to probe with colored material and abstract forms based on Rufino Tamayo's philosophy: the absolute conviction that artistic value embodies the basic poetic qualities of human emotions that give life to line and form, which in turn can bestow painting with the true spiritual facets of human experience.

Amate paper, a noble material, has always been a challenge for me. Only this last year, after painting for decades, I felt courageous enough to confront amate paper and express myself through it. For centuries it has been a popular media with village artists that create paintings depicting myths, local anecdotes and legends. Many renowned painters have grappled with its distinctive quality in their search for fulfillment in one more level of expression.
I feel that with my small amate project I'm closing a circle in which my nostalgia for the colors of Mexico has crystallized, stimulated by the legacy of Rufino Tamayo's interpretation of color – an infinite fountain if inspiration. The influence of another artist, the Swiss painter Paul Klee, has crept into my paintings for his deep individualistic insight. He wrote, "I am possessed by color and always be" which gives meaning to "Color and I are one".

I have the great privilege of having inherited the wonderful color of the Mexican school of painting. To have had the opportunity of expressing myself through amate, and to have ventured into the poetry, the magic and the beauty of Rufino Tamayo's work.

Tzipora ronen
Neveh Tzedek. September 2002