Noe Rios

Noe Rios - El Encargo. Third Coast National Biennial 2020. K Space Contemporary

Honorable Mention

Originally from Northeast Mexico, Noe spent most of his childhood drawing with just the essential materials, pencil, and paper. He was introduced to his first art workshop at the age of seven in his hometown cultural center. There is where Noe felt and heard his inner-self telling him, “this is where you belong”. Noe migrated to the U.S. in 1981. He finished Roma High School in Roma Texas and graduated from the University of Texas Pan-American (now UTRGV) in Edinburg, Tx. He was granted a B.A. in Studio Art. Noe has exhibited his work in various places but had left that pending for a while. Now he dedicates his time and passion in creating murals in churches, homes, and businesses in the Rio Grande Valley.

He now resides in McAllen Texas, where he finds time creating his artwork in different media and techniques, including acrylic, oil, pencil, and sculpture making. Noe’s artwork focuses primarily on portraiture and the human figure in religious as well as in surrealism. He once heard an artist express that there was a wish for bringing forth her masterpiece, and then hideaway. Noe strongly believes he identifies with this statement for he finds isolation to be an essential ingredient towards imagination and the perfect balance for creating his artwork.

Tell us about the work you have in this exhibition.

Noe Rios, Third Coast National, K Space Contemporary

‘El Encargo’
45 1/2″ x 55″
Oil paint, stretched canvas

I should say that to paint El Encargo have been in my mind for the longest time. Seeing it finished in a way makes me feel somehow calm and at peace. This painting portrays a recollection of dreams and premonitions that I have had a long the way in my life. I have met people each with their own journey, ideas, superstitions, and beliefs that have left an impression in my own journey. Some are spiritual, others are cultural customs. El Encargo is a captured moment of fighting to find a balance between whats real, and the mystical world. It marks a profound feeling where you are entrusted with a mission of taking care of the most valuable, and the pain of loosing It. The revival of the long journey of struggle and suffering of trying to get it back. Where at the very end, you find and encounter the illogical and ironical response—“ I did not wanted to be found”.

What draws you to your chosen medium, what do you love about it?

In this particular painting the human figure was the main focal point. Using oils was my priority for I saw it as a challenge since I had left using this media for a long time. The objects around the human figure were not actually planned, but one by one were put to create a certain balance as a whole. What I love about using oils is that it remains true to its tonality, and that it gives you the flexibility of working on and off until you reach the final desired finish..

What inspires you to make art?

God is my first and foremost inspiration, and then myself. For I am the one that lives, breathe, feels, and that goes through experiences. I, the one that goes through circumstances whether good or bad, that takes you to unknown places that transform emotions, and that I feel blessed to portray them in my art.

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