Friday, April 27, 2012

Announcing: Pagan Poetry Opening May 12th

Pagan Poetry : Tino Rodriguez and Virgo Paraiso

Opening Reception: Saturday May 12, 2012, 6-10 pm
Exhibition Dates: May 12 - June 10, 2012
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 11a - 7pm
 Modern Eden Gallery is pleased to announce "Pagan Poetry", an art exhibit by San Francisco artists Tino Rodriguez and Virgo Paraiso.  Using classical techniques, the artists are able to weave provocative and imaginative imagery seemingly borne of dreams and fantasy worlds. Their paintings are inhabited by androgynous magical and mystical beings, hybrid creatures, exotic flora, carnivorous flowers, fauna, and fantastical gardens where things are not what they seem. Tino and Virgo have collaborated on several paintings for this show, adding elements of improvisation and  creative abundance, each playing off each other's artistry. The artists’ individual works will also be on exhibit.

Tino Rodriquez expertly weaves together elements from Catholic idolatry, European fairy tales, Celtic fables, Mexican myths, and Native American legends as he explores the complexity of spirituality, sexuality, and transformation. The duality found in Western religions -good and evil, heaven and hell, spirit and body - intermingle in a vision that makes such distinctions irrelevant. Rodriguez was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico. A graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, he holds an MFA from the University of Albuquerque. His work has shown in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, San Jose, Boston, Washington DC and Berlin, and resides in permanent  collections at The San Jose Museum of Art (San Jose, CA), The Crocker Art Museum (Sacramento, CA), and The Nevada Museum of Art.

Virgo Paraiso’s artwork creates worlds with no boundaries and lush paradise elements. His masterful brush stroke and technique are brought to life with underlying themes of Paradise, Metamorphoses and Hybridism. Each painting is rich in stories, philosophical layers, and symbolism where tales of transformation flourish.  Paraiso was born in Mexico and has  lived in  Okinawa, Japan and Hawaii. He graduated from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 2000 and currently resides in San Francisco. His work has shown in Hawaii, Japan, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Boston, Berlin, and beyond.

 The opening reception for "Pagan Poetry" will be held at Modern Eden on Saturday, May 12th from 6-10pm. The exhibition will be on display through June 10, 2012 and is free and open to the public. Complimentary drinks will be served and there will be a special musical performance by Sylvi Alli during the reception.

Exhibiting artists, Tino Rodriguez and Virgo Paraiso will be in attendance. 

For more information please contact Modern Eden: (415) 956-3303,

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