May 1 Emilio Lobato Lecture

Sunday, May 1, 2011
2:00 p.m. | FAC Music Room
Free and open to the public

About the Exhibition

Do not miss this stunning double dose of significant works by a living master of Colorado abstraction.” – Westword

"Virtuosity permeates Denver artist Emilio Lobato's mid-career retrospective" –Denver Post

The Taylor Museum of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center is pleased to present Emilio Lobato: Mi Linda Soledad, the first retrospective of one of Colorado’s most prominent contemporary artists. This exhibition surveys Lobato’s nearly twenty-year career and presents more than sixty pieces, including mixed media works and monotypes. Mi Linda Soledad (My Beautiful Solitude) explores the aesthetic style and conceptual nature of Lobato’s work, as well as the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural influences that have distinguished his artistic practice. Lobato’s incorporation of diverse cultural and creative elements is represented by a series of objects, many of which the artist has collected over the years, ranging from contemporary art, Asian artifacts, and African masks to old books with texts in different languages and Rio Grande textiles.

Mi Linda Soledad, a title selected by the artist, alludes to Lobato’s exploration of the themes of solitude and isolation—subjects that have been central to his art from his earliest works to today. Lobato defines solitude as a physical, spiritual, and psychological state of being that can be either a serene personal haven or, at times, a locus of emotional turmoil. Isolation for the artist is what has been imposed on him through his environment, and the effect this has had on his art and sense of self.

In this exhibition Lobato’s artistic journey is presented chronologically. A viewer can trace how his works have evolved and matured, beginning with his formative years in his birthplace of Alamosa, Colorado, followed by his university studies at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, and then his subsequent move to Denver and his successful professional career that continues to the present day. Mi Linda Soledad attests to the continued vitality and relevance of Emilio Lobato’s work.