2004 - Present
Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of a small survey of paintings from 2004-2016 on Thursday, October 13 by the Mexico City based painter, Francisco Castro-Leñero. Mr. Leñero first came to the public’s attention in his native Mexico in the mid- 1970s when he a small group of comrades and artists began exhibiting works. They deliberately eschewed references to the recognizable world (and early modernists), preferring to hold to a strong course of pure abstraction.
One of the principal strengths of Castro-Leñero’s work has long been the vibrancy and beauty of the role of color, which he weds to the geometric organization of his works. The depth and subtlety of these works continue to reveal his sensitivity to color through the interweaving of deep reds, mustard yellows, and earth colors. The interaction of black and altered whites constitutes a marked departure from sunlight filled palettes, which bespoke his Central American environment and heritage.
Working with the basic materials of acrylic paint and canvas, he employs a palette of flesh of melon hues, a range of ochres, soft black and whites. The beauty and subtlety of his translucent colors combined with the exact manners in which he deals with the surface of the works; sometimes employing thin glazes of beeswax led one of his principle champions, the Mexican critic, Luis Ignacio Sainz, to write that “only an artist of (his) discipline can get such results that dazzle us in their epidermic simplicity for the surface contains many treasures, multiple treatments and applications consummated in silence and in depth.”
Francisco Castro-Leñero is now recognized as one of Mexico’s greatest painters, as well as, a renowned teacher; one who is adamantly committed to exploring and renewing painting in a time when other artists approach this medium with irony or a kind of cerebral detachment for its physicality. For Castro-Leñero, painting remains vital, relevant, and sometimes magical- each canvas is potent with the possibility of an encounter with the sublime. | Image: Mandala (tres tiempos), 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 47 ¼ X 47 ¼ inches