Happening now through Jan. 26, 2019, Valley House Gallery is hosting an exhibition honoring Spanish artist Miguel Zapata. Born in the city of Cuenca in Spain in the 1940s, Miguel worked in Madrid, Barcelona, and Paris until the mid-1980s. in 1985 the Meadows Museum exhibited his work and he began dividing his time between the Madrid and Dallas in 1986. According to a press release, “He was the first contemporary Spanish artist invited for a solo exhibition at the Meadows Museum.” SMU’s Luís Martín describes the self-educated scholar-artist as having “the greatest Renaissance mind that I have encountered in my life.”
Describing his work Miguel Zapata once said, “The images in my work are not the product of observing Nature; they proceed from the cultural baggage which has been stored in my memory, where vivid memories are combined with images pulled out of books, prints and even from simple oral descriptions; I gather them and order them within a coherent framework; I manipulate them, trying to reduce what was a multiplicity of things, into a unity in which the memory of the original image remains in a more or less deformed fashion. You might say that I work on the work of man. It is a melancholy, sometimes ironic, vision upon the ready-made. Reality is reduced to pure archaeological data which almost constitutes a negation of the present. And it is imagination that has acted as an abstractive process, transforming it.”
Miguel Zapata has had over 70 solo exhibitions in Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Japan, and the United States. In 2015, an exchange program bearing his name was established between Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, in Miguel’s birthplace of Cuenca, and Texas State University. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on this exhibit please visit the Valley House Gallery website or call the gallery at 972-239-2441.