Virginia Aparicio

Virginia Aparicio joined the artist roster of Galeria Pacifico within a few months of its opening in 1987 and has been a major presence there ever since. She is in her mid 50`s and has been a practicing artist since her late teens. The vast majority of her work is devoted to female subjects, focusing not only on feminine beauty, but on the unique visual strength of the female torso in its combination of curves and angles. “Pensativa Recostada/Pensively Reclining” might be considered an example of the former and “Torcion/Torsion” of the latter. However, Aparicio seems to be able to dig deeper and expose the essence of her female subjects, especially in the case of her sculptures with a maternity focus, such as “Amantando/Loving” or “Gemelos/Twins.” She has children of her own, but when they were younger she took in three street kids and raised them for years along with hers. For a few years she operated a free school in her house to help poor children from her neighborhood to be able to study computers and English in addition to art.

Aparicio studied with the internationally famous sculptor, Fancisco Zuñiga, during his last year as a professor and went on to finish her studies with Mario Rendon at the Esmerelda School of Art. Although she does drawings in charcoal, pencil and pastel, Aparicio is best known for her sculptures in bronze and marble. A diminutive lady of only about five feet tall, Virginia loves to do large pieces and have photos taken of herself standing next to them. . She once placed a six foot tall bronze of a female nude on a busy corner of the Zona Rosa in Mexico City and secretly photographed and filmed in the style of the “Candid Camera” television series of years past as unknowing pedestrians reacted to it. However, Aparicio also does bronzes as small as four inches high and many medium size pieces as well. Her medium and large sized works usually are in series of 10, and her smaller pieces are in series of 25. She has become especially popular for her ability to work in marble, a material often considered the acid test for sculptors, because of the unforgiving nature of that material. Virginia has also spent several years teaching art.

Published May 6, 2010

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