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  • Vladimir Cora

Vladimir Cora was born in 1951 in the small town of Acaponeta, Nayarit, on Mexico’s Pacific coast. His work is colored with the life and energy of his tropical coastal home, reflecting both the esthetic of the region and a social commentary on its culture. Years of experimentation with color, form and light developed into the poetic visual language which is uniquely Mexican and uniquely Vladimir Cora. Silhouetted figures, fruits and abstract forms populate his paintings. Bathed in natural and artificial light, these figures exist both in hot tropical climes and cooler interior settings. “The work of Cora is an ingenious exaltation of nature and life.”

Cora’s work figures importantly in 20th Century Mexican Art. A celebrated protégé of modern master Rufino Tamayo, Cora forms an important part of a new generation of Mexican artists. José Luis Cuevas declared Cora one of Mexico’s greatest neo-figurative artists after Cora was honored with first prize in Mexico’s National Salon of Painting in 1983. The Museo de Arte Moderno and Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City have both held one person exhibitions of Cora’s work. In recognition of his artistic contribution, the Mexican government honored Cora by inaugurating in Acaponeta, Nayarit the museum Casa Museo Vladimir Cora.

Despite Cora’s prominence in Mexican Art, his work has until recently been relatively unknown in the United States. In 1997 Bernard and Edith Lewin donated works of Mexican masters Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and David Alfaro Siquieros to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Included in this donation were approximately 500 works from Vladimir Cora, endowing LACMA with the largest public collection of Cora’s work in the United States. His work is also now part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) in Long Beach, California and the San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas. The Latin American Contemporary Gallery is pleased to continue to increase the interest and appreciation of the extraordinary work of Vladimir Cora.

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