Paintings by Raul Mier
Reception: Friday, October 7, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit remains through November 13
Gualala Arts Center
Elaine Jacob Foyer
Gualala Arts will present an exhibit of the oil paintings of
Raul Mier in the Elaine Jacob Foyer from the opening Friday, October 7, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. through November 13, 2011.
Raul Mier was born in Havana, Cuba. During his formative years he enjoyed the benefits of the rich cultural life of that cosmopolitan city. After the Cuban revolution he emigrated to New Orleans where he developed his interest in the arts.
Mier has lived much of his adult life in California, where he has a studio in the coastal redwood forest of Sonoma County. It is here that he has tapped into the powerful richness of nature, and the wealth of imagery that it evokes.
Mier's work has to do with a plea for the preservation of the species, the continuation of human cultures, and the responsibility for each individual to safeguard and transmit values, beauty and resources to subsequent generations.
His message is conveyed by the use of ancient cultural icons, borrowed from various spiritual traditions which have touched his life. These depictions are then intermingled with portrayals of the flora and fauna which abound around his studio.
The spiritual icon and the fruits of the earth are then layered with spontaneous writing which appears as fragments and texture upon the surface of the canvas. The image tends to meld into the writing and the landscape, creating an ethereal feel of the intangible and of the passage of time.
As the people of the world come ever closer through technological advances, Mier feels it is his calling as an artist to remind others of our commonality and interdependence. By using imagery that evokes many cultural traditions, he helps to bring home to all that no matter what our religious, ethnic, or socioeconomic background, the survival of humanity, culture and the environment lies in our hands.
Raul Mier's paintings have been exhibited in Louisiana, Spain and California. His painting "Natarajah" is displayed in the permanent collection of the Museo de la Danza (Museum of the Dance) in Havana. His work is included in private collections in the United States, Canada and Spain.
For more information, visit
Raul Mier's website.
The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
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Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Gualala Arts, 1961 - 2011
Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.