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Artist, LCS raffle cryptic historical painting for kids program

When Ricardo Sanchez Corona was a boy, he took art classes organized by the government in his rural town near Mexico City.

pg8a“They were a constant in my life,” says the watercolorist, draftsman and architect who is now in his thirties and resides in San Juan Cosala. “Those spaces for kids to experience art, many of them in the summer, were important.”

That memory is part of what motivated Sanchez to volunteer as a full-time watercolor teacher in upcoming sessions in the Lake Chapala Society’s Children’s Art Program. “I want to give back,” he explained.

Also in support of the kids art program, Sanchez and LCS are raffling one of his large watercolors—“La Vuelta del Jefe (sobre ejidos de Anenecuilco)”. The winner will be drawn Friday, April 5, 5 p.m., at Sol y Luna Hotel/Spa in Ajijic. The raffle proceeds will pay the costs for supplies and food for youngsters during their summer art camp, a program that Children’s Art Program Manager Danielle Pagé says cost 50,000 pesos last summer. 

The watercolor being raffled was conceived by Sanchez to depict the historic theme of early-20th-century revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata, who in the painting is returning as a ghost after liberating workers from feudal servitude in sugar cane production in an ejido in Zapata’s birthplace of Anenecuilco, Morelos. The piece is done in an imaginative style employing symbolism and fantastic elements—a style that Sanchez sometimes employs in addition to his more literal style depicting natural and architectural scenes, which he does plein air and which make up much of his obra.

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