THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT
Enrique Chagoya Combines Mexican and Indian Images
to Create Visual Dreams or Nightmares
By Diane Manuel
from Fellinis Juliet of the Spirits plays
dreamily in the background as Enrique Chagoya glides
around the studio in stealth sneakers.
at every easel to concentrate on his students sketches of a male model
who is posing, Norse-like, in the center of the paint-splattered room.
Try to fill the whole piece of paper first, and save the details until
the very last, he says quietly to one sophomore. While youre
painting, move your eyes back and forth between your paper and the model
as fast as you can. Thats a little secret Ill give to you.
The soft-spoken artist with the flyaway hair cant stop smiling as he
makes his rounds, and his wire-rim glasses seem to magnify his delight
at finding so much talent in one class.
Chagoyas gentle way with his students encouraging them with
whispered secrets about how to fill a background or develop a sense of
proportion offers no hint of the artist who fills his own
canvases with wildly swirling clashes of red and black, south and north,
new world and old.