Jorge Garcia-Sainz’s figurative oil on canvas paintings utilize vivid light and color to convey stories about beauty, love, nature, sex, and politics in the artist’s native Mexico. Born in Mexico City, Garcia-Sainz renders images from daily life, but layered in these works is subtle, mordacious critique and irony. The simple, beautiful, bucolic life depicted by the artist is exaggerated a bygone remnant of an idealized past. What persists in a sense of freedom and strength as Garcia-Sainz communicates a curiosity and joy for life amid cultural critique.
In El Charro and La Charra the artist depicts a man and woman wearing traditional Mexican Charro attire, complete with wide brimmed hats and ornately decorated clothing. The pair stands in silhouette against a background of rolling, green pastures to create a diptych, the solidity of the two bodies communicating strength and resilience. El Picador depicts a picador on horseback inside the monumental Plaza de la Maestranza in Seville, Spain. The corpulent figure and spindly horse create a strong juxtaposition, in turn highlighting the strange, and at times grotesque, relationship between man and animal.