SANTA FE, N.M. — Creating paintings that use techniques resembling centuries-old, historical styles, local artist Fatima Ronquillo doesn’t want her work to be taken too seriously.
“Painting with this type of style, referencing old masterpieces, it can get very precious,” said the self-taught artist, whose work has been shown worldwide and in such famous publications as Marie Claire and New York Magazine.
“And I don’t want that. I want it to be current. When I paint, there’s something that’s amusing me. So it’s something delightful to me.”
Ronquillo is known for taking inspiration from literature for her painting subjects. Right now, that literature happens to be Greek mythology. In her solo show opening tonight at Santa Fe’s Meyer Gallery, she’s tapped into the Greek island of Arcadia to create both traditional and contemporary interpretations of what, in the myths, was an “unattainable, unspoiled land.”