Georges Mazilu: La Voyante
2017, acrylic on canvas
Turner Carroll Gallery, 725 Canyon Road, 505-986-9800 Under the reign of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, a young Georges Mazilu was encouraged by his mother to keep a low profile, staying indoors and letting his imagination run wild while he, himself, could not. In the atmosphere of fear and suspicion in which he was raised, he studied art history and taught himself to draw. His paintings embrace the fantastic within the confines of representational forms. He brings a sense of narrative and absurd action to his works, which are rife with the dichotomies of light and shadow, abstract and figurative imagery, and other seeming contradictions. A selection of his paintings and drawings from the past two decades opens Friday, Sept. 15, with a reception at 5 p.m.