ROLAND SALAZAR ROSE
Statement on my art work
I resided in Mexico over three decades bridging the 20th and 21st centuries. I returned to Maine in 2012 for personal reasons, where I established as a goal for my paintings in Maine to seek to express Maine’s true essence. For I paint ‘Maine’ as unforgiving, the land, sea and sky as uncompromising, demanding your daily awareness, and testing your ability to live with nature as a constant in your life. A reviewer commented: “These works all seem to have a topological quality but with an expressionist feel. There is an underlying force—sort of a life force—in many of these pieces. The pieces seem alive, on the verge of change, as it seems to be the case for the land, sea and sky of Maine. Salazar’s treatment of Maine ‘landscapes’ with innovative techniques gives his work a real dynamism.”
My work includes water media, mixed media, acrylic and oil paintings on canvas, paper and wood. I have perfected a Mixed Media Medium Sal-Zar that enables me to produce work that does not have to be protected by glass. This medium has unique properties that make the work light fast, and non-yellowing. It creates exciting unusual visual effects especially when Sal-Zar is mixed with chapapote; a form of asphalt found in Mexico.
Artist President, The Maine Artists’ Space/Danforth Gallery Portland, Maine: Roland Salazar Rose is the Founder (1988) of this alternative visual arts space, voting member of the National Association of Artists’ Organizations. It has held hundreds of shows at its physical gallery the Danforth Gallery since 1988. Then, at the end of 2001 it closed this space and operated as an Online Gallery, finally closing and dissolving operations 2007.
Mexico atrae, endulza y deriva visiones tan frescas como magnéticas. Sus paisajes múltiples, sus seductores personajes, sus ciudades enmarañadas y su cultura en hiesta sacuden sensibilidades con fuego que nose retrae jamás.
Aquí en estas latitudes su empeños plásticos, tienen verdad de poesia, y erudición de investigador solitario. Salazar ha creado ese credo de singular es versículos y ha una posición pnivilegiada.
Federico Ramos Sánchez
Director, Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Guanajuato, México
In the sixteen years that master painter Salazar has been making San Miguel de Allende, Gto, México his part time home he has acquired a distinctive style and vibrant coloring probably influenced by the magical light that envelops this beautiful town in central Mexico. His landscapes transmit the geographical beauty of this area, as well as the myriad of faces portrayed as if these were commissioned portraits of imaginary people. His technique is unique, utilizing a masterful combination of mixed media, using chapapote or tar to enhance the magnificent end result; a rich work of art that reflects the singular talent and personality of this fine artist.
Guillermo Zajarias W. CEO,Aura Galerias. Mexico D.F. 2005
La obra de Roland Salazar Rose, nos impacta por Ia emoción que despierta en nosotros. Heredero del Expresionismo Austriaco (Oscar Kokoshka, Egon Schiele,) así como el Grupo Cobra (Karel Appel…).. Sus personajes y sus paisajes evocan fantasías gestuales pletóricas de color que de alguna manera nos muiestran lo vigente de ésta corriente plástica. En Maestro Salazar, la forma se transforma en la esencia del color y el gesto comunicándonos una nueva visión, una nueva de nuestros paisajes y magueyales.
Luis Garcia Jasso, CEO, Galeria Vértice, Guadalajara, ]alisco, Mexico, 2005
Salazar’s paintings reflect the underlying energy of the Mexican psyche. There is strong abstraction in the Mexican Vibrations Revisited series; bold color applied, removed and drawn through represents form and figure that can only be defined as archetypal. The Compelling Visions series leave this viewer stunned by the powerful forms and unusual visages, engaging, not repelling. The paintings in Strange Attractors seem to juxtapose form in the night or images that might present themselves on isolated walks in the country. Dark colors mixed with bright colors and scratched through drawing make viewing these images a powerful and awakening experience.
John Latham Knapp, curator, painter and sculptor who taught at Boston College, New England College and at the Manchester Institute.
Roland “Salazar” Rose is one of the most unique and committed artists painting in the world today. Unlike so many in the commercial world of art today, “Salazar” is an artist in the truest sense of the word. No prints or copies of any kinds are ever made of his paintings; each is an original. Like many of the great masters, although he can paint in the realistic style, he prefers painting in the abstract-expressionistic genre, which allows him to paint from the depths of his emotions.
Chip Taylor, President Chip Taylor Productions: www.chiptaylor.com
Salazar’s paintings in his Mexican residency are based on the insights and visions he gained from the Mexican people, their culture and land. His work not only reflects the textures and colors of its landscape, actually incorporating the natural tar chapapote into his canvases, but it also engages him in the discovery and power of myth. Myth explains the world, it informs culture. Salazar’s personal visions of native deities, strong black lines bathed in the warm brown tone of chapapote, and the simple lines and muted colors of many of his landscape renderings reflect this elemental connection of the natural world to culture and myth.
John Ripton, PhD, Curator, History and Latin America, Fellow, Columbia University and Chair St. Bernards School/Rutgers University
SHORT LIST: NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SHOWS FROM 1989 TO 2007 (For Shows after 2007 see Last page RECENT WORK)
November 1989 “National Drawing Exhibition”; Exhibition of drawings held at the Brigham Young University Fine Arts Gallery; Provo, Utah
December 1989 “Salazar” Gallery 15, City Club; Boston, Mass. One Person
November 1990 “National Drawing Exhibition”; juried exhibition of drawings; Brigham Young University Fine Arts Gallery, Provo, Utah, Group Show
November 1990 “International Miniature Art” Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada
February 1991 Museum of Quéretaro: A National Exhibition by members of the Society of Méxican artists: invited exhibitor.
November 1991 “International Miniature”; Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada
January 1992 “Méxicali Rose Donde Estas¨; Galeria del Centro Cultural El Nigromante; Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, México; One Person
March 1992 “Dialgos”; Institute Méxicano Nortearmicano de Relaciones Culturales, AC; Two Person; Mexico City
April 1992 “Méxicali Rose Donde Estas” Society of Mexican Authors, Artists Plastica; SOMAAP Galeria, Quéretaro, México; One Person
April 1992 “American Artists in San Miguel de Allende”, USA Ambassador’s Exhibition; Instituto Allende, SMA, México, Group Show
October & November 1992 “Seventh Annual International Exhibition of Minatur Art” Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada
January 1993 “Vibraçiones Méxicanas”; Galeria SOMAAP, Quéretaro, Mexico, One Peron
November 1993 “Scene and Unseen”, 2nd National Exhibition, Juror Judy Chicago; Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico
March 1994 “Vibraçiones Méxicanas”; Museo Historico, San Miguel de Allende, México, One Person
March 1994 “No Agua”, Galeria del Centro Cultural, Bellas Artes, Encaustic paintings on wood, San Miguel de Allende, México, One Person
August 1994 “International Small Works” Juried by Jerry Saltz; Amos Eno Gallery, New York City, Group Show
November 1994 “9th Annual International”, Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada
January 1995 “International Exhibition of Miniature Art” Del Bello Gallery, Toronto, Canada
April 1995 “1040: The Infernal Revenue Service”; An installation and video; Danforth Gallery, Portland, Maine, One Person
December 1997-January 1998 “With Your Permission: Gods, Land and People of Mexico”; Museo Casa Diego Rivera Museum of Art, Guanajuato, México, One Person
February 1998-March 1998 “With Your Permission: Gods, Land & People of México”; Galeria Libertad, Quèretero, México, One Person
October 1998 “The Four Seasons of the Master Myth” Danforth Gallery, Portland, Maine, One Person, installation of 1,000 images, small works on paper & video.
May-July 1999 “Media Mixta”, Art Focus Gallery, San Miguel de Allende, México, Group Show
May-June 1999 “Salazar and Hifschmid”; Ogunquit Arts Collaborative Gallery: Showcase Exhibition, Ogunquit, Maine, Two Person Show
September-October 1999 “La Emoción Detrás del Gesto”; Club de Industrials de Jalisco: Galeria Vértice, Luis Garcia Jesso, Dir. Guadalajara, Mexico, Solo Show
October 1999 “Dia de los Muertos”; Maude Kerns Art Center, Eugene, Oregon, Group Show
October-November 2002 “Mainely Green, Some Blue” at McCoy Gallery, and “La Ruta Verde” at McQuade Gallery, Mixed Media paintings on Canvas, One Person, Merrimac College, Massachusetts
Jan-May 2003 “Gods, Land & People of México”, Feb.“The Count of Fate: Tonalpouhalli”, March; “Eyeless in Gaza” Installation, March 21 One Night Only; “Tar Heads: Cabezas de Chapapote”, April; “Encaustic Paintings”, May. All at Estudio Salazar Galeria.
June-July 2006 “Breaking the Barrier of the Self,” at Galería Atelier, Fabrica la Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico
Feb-2007 “Chapapote” Presentations & slides at Biblioteca Publica, San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico
May-June 2007 “Mixed Media: Recent Work on Paper,” Galería Aspen, Centro Historico, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; Solo show.
May-June 2007 “Faces and More Faces,” Gallery Miranda, Laguna Beach, California; Group Show
EXHIBITS CURATED AND/OR DIRECTED
1987-2001 As Artist President of the Maine Artists’ Space I was responsible for the overall artistic direction and selection of curators for exhibitions at the Danforth Gallery. With assistance of an Advisory Board and with the management support for shows by Helen Rivas, I saw the realization of over 100 exhibitions , many with societal concerns, as well as shows that toured Maine, showing at other venues.
March 1992 “Festival of the Visual Arts”, San Miguel de Allende, 450th Anniversary of San Miguel de Allende, Mèxico
February 1995 “My Funny Valentine” Juried exhibition of 11 poets paired with 11 artists around the theme of love; Danforth Gallery, Portland, Maine
October 1996 “The Forest City Annual: Wood Sculpture Exhibition & Symposium” Portland, Maine. Artistic Director for six artists doing a public arts project in the Downtown Arts District. Over 35 organizations and individuals participated. Panel at the Portland Museum of Art.
1993-1999 “New Directions in the Visual Arts” A video series produced for the educational market. An effort by students at the Southern Maine Technical College, who produced the artist profiles. Rose selected the visual artists. Over 30 videos of visual artists have been produced, and a number are aired on public broadcasting. Part of the series produced are available through Chip Taylor Comunications.
LOCAL SHOWS IN MAINE FROM 1990-2009
May 1990 “Crossover” A collaborative installation of photos, print art and paintings projected by three slide projectors on walls in the Danforth Gallery, Portland, Maine
August 1990 August 1991 “Annual Union of Maine Visual Arts Exhibitions”; Ogunquit, Maine, Group Show
November 1990 “Spirituality”, University of New England Gallery, One Person
September 1991 “Four in Hand” Juror Jack Reynolds of four artist’s organizations visual artists’ submissions: The Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, Maine
November 1991 “Expressions of Spirituality”, Area Gallery, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Maine, One Person
October 1992 “Maine Contemporary Drawing “ Juried by Sigmund Abeles, Danforth Gallery, Portland, Maine
October 1993 Juried exhibition of Mature Artists of New England; New England Center, Durham, New Hampshire, Group Show
December 1992 “Miniature Art Installation” The Chocolate Church Gallery; Bath, Maine, Group Show
September 1993 “Maine Contemporary Landscape”; Juror by Martha Severns; Danforth Gallery, Portland, Maine, Group Show
August 1996 “Four Artists”; Mirian Frank Gallery; Kittery Point, Maine, Group Show
Jan-May 2004 “Collective Works”, Lloyds, SMA, “Strange Attractors”, “Spring Fling”;“Mexican Vibrations 2003”; Estudio Salazar Galeria
June 2005 Two Person Show, at the Barn Gallery, Ogunquit Maine “Schultz and Salazar”
Jan-May 2003 “Gods, Land & People of México”, Feb.“The Count of Fate: Tonalpouhalli”, March; “Eyeless in Gaza” Installation, March 21 One Night Only; “Tar Heads: Cabezas de Chapapote”, April; “Encaustic Paintings”, May. All at Estudio Salazar Galeria
.July-Sept 2006 “A Celebration of Artists of Southern Maine”, Art Gallery at UNE, Westbrook College Campus, University of New England, Portland, Maine Artists Space
2009-2012 I RESIDED IN MEXICO Returned to Maine 2012
Memoir and Multimedia work: My Father’s Room and The Four Seasons of the Master Myth, ISBN SBN 978-0-9818627-9-8 Released 2013: www.createspace.com/4145379
DVD: The Four Seasons of the Master Myth by Salazar; Jef Taylor, film maker NYC , Release date: May 2013: see www.chiptaylor.com
Maine Public Broadcasting Network: MPBN aired “Salazar: The Four Seasons of the Master Myth” in June 2015 on the Community Films Serie
In Mexico I worked on e-books and wrote and published nine (9) e-books
LOCAL SHOWS IN MAINE 2013-2020
Landscapes of Maine: 2012-2013, Mixed Media on hardboard, various sizes (9×12-24×28.)
Sky, Land, and Sea Series 2014 Thirty (30) Mixed Media paintings on Stonehenge paper 22X30 inches.
Chapapote: A Mexican Elixir, City Hall, Biddeford, ME solo showing Feb-Apr 201
KLT 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell, ME, Group Show, Oct-Nov 2014
- Oct-Nov 2014 “Abstract the Abstract,” Group show at The Irvine Gallery, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk, Maine
- Love Exhibition, Irvine Gallery, River Tree Arts, Juried Group Show, 2015
- 2017-2018-2019 Spring, Summer, Fall Group Shows at the Barn Gallery, Ogunquit Art Association. Member shows.
- Oct 2017-April 2018 “Creative Portland’s First Juried Art Exhibit by Local Artists.” ‘Winter on Flat Top Mountain” sold. Portland, Maine
- March 2019 “Our Life is One of Lights & Shadows”; UMVA Gallery at Portland Media Center, Jury selection ‘Asymmetrical Vibrations #10’
- Oct 2018-April 2019 ” On the Verge”; ‘Along the Mighty Saco River’ Portland, Maine
- 2017-2018-2019 UMVA Group Member Shows at the: Portland Media Center, Portland, Maine
- 2019 “Go Figure…” Four UMVA artists present figurative work. UMVA Gallery at the Portland Media Center, July 2019
- 2019 “Embracing the Unexpected”; Group show of four visual artists at Chocolate Church Art Center, Bath, Maine Sep-Oct 2019
- 2020 Feb-Mar “Sound, Spectacle, and Situation at an Exhibition”; University of Maine, Farmington: selected to collaborate with Prof. Steven Paine; my painting “Gnomes” to show at the Art Gallery and display during Prof. Paine’s piano concert of Modest Mussorgsky’s composition Pictures at an Exhibition.” the exhibition was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.200
- 2020 Jun-Sep Creating Joy; A juried group show at the Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA. My piece “Gnomes” was selected. “Susquehanna Art Museum is interested in how artists find joy at the intersection of music and art. Works were selected for this exhibition by juror Melissa Feldman. They provide unique perspectives on the joyful relationship between music and art both visually and conceptually.”
- 2020 Jun-Oct “Going Coastal and Expressions” At the Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME. Group Members Show at OAA. As a member I showed three paintings and displayed 12 works on paper.
- Twenty in 2020: Twenty abstract paintings on Stonehenge paper 22 x 30.
- 2020 UMVA Show Sept “Missing Maine Landscapes”; Exhibited Two paintings from my series Mill Paintings 2017
- 2020 Nov “UMVA Open Members Exhibition” Online Exhibited COVID#10
- 2020 Nov-Dec The Art Center at Dover, NH Group Show, juried Online Show: “Creating in Isolation” Showed two paintings from the COVID-19 Series
MUSEUMS, COLLECTIONS, PUBLICATIONS COMPACT DISKS,VIDEOS, DVDS PRESENTATIONS
International Exhibit, Pastel Prize, Kansas, 1988
Permanent Collection, Portland Museum of Art
National Drawing Exhibition, University of Utah Fine Arts Gallery; Honorable Mention
Profile in: American Artists: An Illustrated Survey of Leading Contemporaries, Chicago, Ill 1991
Permanent Collection: Instituto Mexicano-Nortearericano de Relaciones Culturales, AC, Mexico City
Collection Particular, Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Permanent Collection: Museo Historico de San Miguel de Allende, Mexco
Published: Words & Images, Maine’s Annual Compendium of Visual and Literary Creativity University of Southern Maine Artists Space
“The Salazar Series” A multimedia series based on the life and work of the artist. It was produced and is distributed by Chip Taylor Communicatons. Videos, CD & DVD’s are distributed to the national educational and museums in the USA thru Chip Taylor Communications: www.chiptaylor.com
Permanent Collection, Merrimack College, Mass.
“The Four Seasons of the Master Myth” video presentation by Salazar at Santa Anna Theater, Feb, & March 2003 Biblioteca Publica, SMA, México
“Con tu permiso: tierra y gente de México: Conferebia de Roland Salazar Rose, Auditorio Miguel Malo, Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
“Gods, Land & People of México” E-Book published & distributed (2003) by E-dition, Montreal, Canada
Residency 2006 “The Julia and David White Artists’ Colony” Costa Rica
“Breaking the Barrier of the Self,” talk and multimedia show, Teatro Santa Ana, Biblioteca Publica, San Migel de Allende, Mexico
My Father’s Room, & the Four Seasons of the Master Myth, Reading from my memoir and images on the DVD which accompanies my book. Sala Quetzal, Biblioteca Publica, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, March 2007
“Painting in Series,” Amnesty International, SMA; talk and multimedia presentation at Teatro Santa Ana, Biblioteca Publica, San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico
“Solar Flares & Salazar” A full Dome Planetarium presentation of 11 paintings by Salazar: A Collaboration of Art/Science at the Emera Astronomy Center, USM, Oronon, Maine. By: Shawn laatsch, Dir. Emera Astronomy Center, past-president of the International Planetarium Society;John Ripton, PhD curato rand script; Duane Schimmel, original music, USMO; and paintings by artist Salazar. Public performance month of November 2018. Available for other planetarium presentations and schools and colleges: see Emera Astronomy Center.
“Solar Flares & Salazar” An e-publication under a Media Grant to Salazar from the Maine Arts Commission; 2018-19 Produced and distributed on e-book platforms in the USA and other countries. A print copy is available on-line at www.salazagallery.com
1989-present Aura Galerias, México City
1999-present Galeria Vértice, Guadalajara, México
2005-present Galería Atelier, Fabrica la Aurora, San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico
2006-present Mario Peliiza Arte, Milan, Italy
2006-present Danielle Artois Gallery, Paris, France
2006-present Miranda Gallery, Aspen, Colorado, USA
2006-present La Galería Aspen. San Miguel de Allende, GTO, México
2007-present Miranda Gallery, Laguna Beach, California, USA
Undergraduate and Graduate Education: New York University
Art Students League
National Academy of Design
Enscrit, Ecole Superieur des Beaux Arts, University of Paris, France
Resident Artist United States House, University of Paris, France
LA, AB, graduate studies in MPA
LIST OF PUBLISHED E-ART BOOKS & CD:
If Only…A collaboration with Bill Pearlman ISBN 978-0-9818627-0-5
Mexican Vibrations, Vibraciones Méxicanas SBN 978-0-9818627-1-2
Twenty A Magical Number: Convergence: 2002; & Tonalpohalli: the Count of Fate SBN 978-0-9818627-2-9
Mexican Secrets, Estrangement and Once Again…Alone; with poems by Bill Pearlman SBN 978-0-9818627-3-6
The Chaos Trilogy: The Eight Forces in Chaos; ‘Strange Attractors’ in Sal-Zar;
And Eyeless in Gaza SBN 978-0-9818627-5-0
Aztec Deities SBN 978-0-9818627-4-3
Chapapote: A Mexican Elixir SBN 978-0-9818627-6-7
Compelling Visions SBN 978-0-9818627-7-4
San Miguel de Allende: A Magical Place Way SBN 978-0-9818627-8-1
Published 2010 Solamente En San Miguel (Anthology of San Miguel Writers)
“Learning to Walk on Cobblestones: The Mexican Way.”
CD/DVD: Producer Chip Taylor: Salazar a biography, English & Spanish: Artists of Visions Series: www.chiptaylor.com
CD: E-ditions Montreal, Canada: Gods, Land & People of Mexico Con tu permiso: Dioes, Tierra y Gente de México, in English, Spanish & French
Roma AD 476: The Fall of the Roman Empire; Is the U.S. Subject to a Fall? A series of 100 works on Stonehenge. 2015
Complex Transition: A series of 100 paintings on Stonehenge paper 8 x 10
2018 Abstract Not in Series: 10 paintings on Stonehenge
Mother Night Series (Roots) At the Maine Jewish Museum Solo show (2019)
The Five Sacred Guardian Trees of Ireland (Roots) At the Maine Jewish Museum Solo show (2019)
Festival of Light (Roots) At the Maine Jewish Museum Solo show (2019)
Muck & Mire 2018 Twenty-two (22) Mixed Media paintings on Stonehenge paper 22 x 30
NRG: Energy Series f 2019 Fourteen (14) painting on Stonehenge Paper 22 x 30
COVID-19 A series of ten paintings (10) on Stonehenge paper 22 x 30 to reflect on the coronavirus crisis. A selection of four (4) (3) sent to the UMVA Journal Summer Issue. My COVID series of 10 paintings represent my artistic COVID tale in abstract formulation with figurative emphasis: our current time in space.
Creating Joy: A National group show at the Susquehanna Art Museum, PA March-Sept 2020
Sheltered in Place A Members Online show at the Portland Media Center July 2020
Missing Maine Landscapes Online UMVA show at the Portland Media Center Sept 2020
Creating in Isolation An Online show at the Art Center, Dover NH Oct-Nov 2020
November Members Exhibit Online; UMVA at the Portland Media Center, Nov 2020
Barn Gallery, OAA, Member’s Show March to October 2020, Ogunquit, Maine 2020