Best Brunch

Best Brunch

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Lt. Governor Race: the \'Luchadora\' vs. the Tea Party radio host

Lt. Governor Race: the 'Luchadora' vs. the Tea Party radio host

News: A few Saturdays ago, I spent several hours hanging around a Texas Realtors Association conference in San Antonio, trying to catch state Sen. Dan Patrick... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 9/17/2014
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy Disappear into ‘Eleanor Rigby’

Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy Disappear into ‘Eleanor Rigby’

Screens: “If you’re going to start, you might as well start big,” an ambitious person once said. Ned Benson must have been paying attention, because for his first... By Cameron Meier 9/17/2014
Daniela Riojas’ Photographic Studies in Self-discovery

Daniela Riojas’ Photographic Studies in Self-discovery

Arts & Culture: Daniela Riojas explores ideas of the figure in art, Latin American rituals, letting go of the past, and Jungian archetypes in... By Tom Turner 9/17/2014

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Arts & Culture

Franco Mondini-Ruiz: Bluebonnets and camp

Photo: Josh Huskin, License: N/A

Josh Huskin

Photo: Courtesy photo, License: N/A

Courtesy photo

Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Almost an Onderdonk

How are these new works related to your other paintings?

My earlier landscapes were prompted by Impressionism. When I painted during my Rome Prize residency [2004-2005], I thought they were going to laugh me out of Italy, but they loved them. It took a while for me to evolve to making local landscapes, which were tied to bluebonnets, and so tied to scary white lady dominant culture, right? I don't know if you can quote me on that, but, right?

But there was something about that world that I thought I did not belong to, even though I grew up in a field of bluebonnets in Boerne. It was very Daughters of the Republic of Texas; just as they taught you that the Alamo didn't belong to you, somehow I thought that whole genre didn't belong to me. But it was just my ignorance. But I educated myself, and lo and behold: many of those landscape painters were Latinos. And even my mother's generation — all of those Latina ladies, they wanted bluebonnets, too. It was the status quo. And you know what? Bluebonnets are hard to paint. They can look really hokey, really easy.

Almost an Onderdonk
Texan Contemporary Artist Series:Franco Mondini-Ruiz

9am-5pm Mon-Sat,
noon-5pm Sun
801 E César Chávez
(210) 458-2300
On view to September 2

Recently in Arts & Culture
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus