Dreams Are For Those Who Sleep

March 11, 2017 @ 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Provenance Gallery
1906 S Flores St
San Antonio, TX 78204
Stephanie Torres

Provenance Gallery is pleased to present, “Dreams Are for Those Who Sleep,” an exhibition featuring recent works on paper by San Antonio-based artist, Jose Fidel Sotelo. These large-scale graphite drawings are a departure from the intimate, primarily black-and-white drawings Sotelo is best known for. In this body of work, Sotelo continues to explore the meditative quality of repetitive symbolic imagery, but on a larger scale and in a more subtle tonal palette. This aesthetic shift imbues the work with an ethereal feeling, and the scale of the work envelops the viewer in Sotelo’s nocturnal world. Based on his experience of dreaming and insomnia, these autobiographical dreamscapes combine imagery from Aztec mythology and memories of the first stages of existence of a Mexican American family.

Jose Fidel Sotelo has been active in the arts since 2005. He started his studies in design and photography in 2004. A year later he was moved to start painting. Sotelo considers himself a self-taught artist, but his paintings carry a lot of influence from his studies in design – using patterns and symmetry to express his relationship with the seen and unseen world and his experiences. In more recent years his work has moved from colorful paintings to black and white illustrations, prints, and drawings. As Sotelo’s art moves through its process, one thing that continues to hold true throughout its stages, is his effort to bring together the ancient symbols of his Mexican ancestors, the natural world, and the beauty of the mundane things from everyday life.

Provenance Gallery is an independent art space dedicated to featuring innovative work by local and regional emerging artists.