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The MAW Collection of Contemporary Mexican Art Opens at the Fresno Art Museum

Jan 24, 2017 01:42PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Charles Barth, Alfred con esposa (Alfred with Wife), 1995, print, 22.5" x 30". Image courtesy of

The Fresno Art Museum has an exciting new exhibition that opened on January 14, 2017, The MAW Collection of Contemporary Mexican Art

Comprised of 21 paintings and prints, the MAW Collection showcases the work of seven artists all with ties to the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Well known for its vibrant folk art, Oaxaca has emerged in the recent decades as a center of fine arts through the international popularity of painters and printmakers such as Rufino Tamayo and Francisco Toledo. Using indigenous culture and folklore, the artists exhibited here blend the regional traditions of Oaxaca with the European influences that came with the Spanish conquest. The artwork depicts everyday life in mystical settings where people fly, animals play musical instruments, and figures shape-shift. This "magical realism" has become an essential element of what some have deemed the "Oaxacan School" of Mexican art.

The artists exhibited in the MAW Collection of Contemporary Mexican Art are Charles Barth, Humberto Batista, Bonifacio Garcia, Maximino Javier, Fulgencio Lazo, Leovigildo Martinez, and Felipe Morales. These artists are among the rising stars of Mexican contemporary art. The exhibition will run until April 28, 2017.


The Fresno Art Museum is located at 2233 N. First Street, Fresno, CA 93703, at the corner of First and Yale. Museum hours areThursday through Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parking is free of charge. For further information please contact the Museum at (559) 441-4221 or visit our website at

Content courtesy of the FAM January 14, 2017 Press Release