17 Random Acts-Fatima Ronquillo

Fatima Ronquillo, The Cartographer (2018), oil on panel

Local self-taught artist Fatima Ronquillo’s paintings evoke both the neoclassical and Renaissance art of Europe and the colonial-era art of the Americas, rendered in an enigmatic, playful style of her own. In work redolent of magical realism, cherubic figures in idyllic pastoral settings are paired with objects and animals in ways that suggest symbolic, mythic narratives. Meyer Gallery (225 Canyon Road) celebrates the release of Ronquillo’s first monograph, Spellbound, with an exhibition of the same name. Spellbound, published in May by Unicorn Publishing Group, explores the major recurring motifs in Ronquillo’s work and includes an introduction by John O’Hern, Santa Fe editor for American Art Collector. The exhibition opens with a 5 p.m. reception on Friday, May 17 (through May 23), and signed copies of the hardcover book are available for $35. Ronquillo gives a free talk at the gallery at 2 p.m on Saturday, May 18. Call 505-983-1434 or visit meyergalleries.com for information.