A Guileless Odyssey of Lucid Dreams
By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
The Soph Art Gallery in Mexico City’s trendy Colonia Polanco has been transformed into a magical microcosm of luminous dreams and fanciful illusions this month by the visual creations of Honduran artist Mateo Pineda.
The vibrant, 52-piece collection of Pineda’s arts, titled “Sueños Luciodos” (“Lucid Dreams”), opened at the Soph Art Gallery, located at Edgar Allan Poe 94, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, and will remain on display through Monday, Nov. 13.
But there is a unifying theme of simplicity and guileless candor that prevails in all Pineda’s paintings.
Almost cartoony in nature, these unaffected paintings come off at first as ingenuous.
But on closer examination, there is much pain and passion in their expression.
It is Pineda’s later works that are most expressive, capturing an array of feelings and ideas through a contrast of colors, shapes, lines and formats on acrylic canvases.
“Through my work, I am trying to project my own emotions and reflect the dreams that lie deep within me and that have often been curbed by the implacable gaze of a society that at the same time enjoys — but also frequently judges — individual freedoms,” he said.