Mystical and Realistic: Works by Ismael Checo and Ramon Peralta
David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries
September 11-November 2, 2023
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 28, 2023 6-8pm
ARTISTS RECEPTION AND ARTIST TALKS: Third Thursday, October 19, 2023 6-8pm
Step into a world where brushstrokes capture the imagination and highlight reality in two distinct yet interconnected bodies of work. "Mystical and Realistic" introduces an exceptional dialogue between two extraordinary oil painters hailing from the Dominican Republic, Ramon Peralta and Ismael Checo. They are united not only by their shared roots, but also by a vibrant friendship that transcends canvas and colors.
Ramon Peralta’s figurative surrealistic works invite you to pull back the veil of the subconscious. Each image holds a story waiting to be unraveled; every detail a clue to the hidden depths within the human psyche. Peralta imaginatively orchestrates dreamlike, yet humanistic, forms in vibrant, intricately detailed spaces; creating a delicate dance between the mystical and the familiar.
Ismael Checo’s meticulously rendered oil paintings celebrate the tangible. With practiced precision, Checo’s works breathe life into everyday objects, scenes, and portraits. He captures the essence of his subjects, whether it is a deliberately arranged still life or the piercing gaze of a figure, with masterful realism.
This exhibition serves not only as a celebration of Peralta and Checo’s individual talents, but also as a tribute to the lasting bond of their friendship. Their work showcases a harmonious duet of dreams and reality; mysticism and realism. Join us in exploring vivid glimpses of otherworldly vignettes and thoughtful observations of the external world through the lenses of two exceptional Dominican artists.
Both of the receptions for this exhibition are free and open to the public!