Aurelio del Muro Balandran: Lands of Wandering Souls. Trazos Errantes

Aurelio del Muro Balandran: Lands of Wandering Souls. Trazos Errantes

July 13 - August 26  •  Live

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Del Muro Balandran’s artistic process is rooted in the principles of action art, eschewing planned compositions in favor of intuitive creation. His work juxtaposes forms and shapes drawn from a rich tapestry of influences, including pre-Hispanic and medieval art, art of the Americas, newspaper layouts, and his own subway sketches. Using charcoal, watercolors, and the serendipitous colors found on newspaper surfaces, the artist creates pieces that bridge the gap between his Mexican heritage and contemporary artistic expression.

Del Muro Balandran often incorporates traditional Mexican imagery and ordering systems, such as references to the Codex Fejervary-Mayer, a pre-Columbian manuscript. In recent years, themes of migration, birds, and trees have dominated his work, reflecting both
personal experiences and broader cultural narratives. Through his art, del Muro Balandran explores the interplay between solitude and connection, history and modernity, understanding and mystery.

The artist’s evolution is deeply intertwined with his experiences in New York City. Notably, del Muro Balandran was a resident of the Bronx River Art Center Artist Studios Program for four years. This residency provided him with a dedicated space to develop his unique artistic voice and engage with the vibrant artistic community of the Bronx.

This exhibition invites viewers to immerse themselves in Aurelio’s unique visual language, where spontaneity meets cultural depth, and where art serves as a bridge between the artist’s Mexican roots and his evolving artistic journey.

Aurelio del Muro is an artist and a musician who was born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and came to New York City in 1978. For many years, Aurelio dedicated his artistic efforts to stone carving. In 2002, he began to take his art in a new direction, exploring the figure using charcoal and ink. In 2022, in partnership with painter Marta Blair, he created a large-scale mural for a residential building administered by Communilife. He belongs to the Mexican Folk Music group “Son Pecadores” and plays the Tuxtleco violin, the Jarana (small rustic guitar), and the cello.


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Monday - Friday: 3:00 - 6 PM
Saturday: 12 - 5 PM
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exhibition dates.

Monday - Friday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM

DIRECTIONS TO CENTER:  By Train: Take #2 or #5 to West Farms Square/East Tremont. Walk one block east to Bronx Street. By Bus: Take #'s B9, 21, 36, 40, 42, or Q44 to East Tremont and Boston Road. By Car: Take Bruckner Expressway to Sheridan Expressway, and exit at East Tremont Ave. Turn left at the traffic light one block down onto East Tremont. Turn left after one block onto Bronx St. (Cross Bronx Expressway) towards Rosedale Ave, then exit. Turn left onto Rosedale Ave, then take a left onto Tremont Ave. Drive four blocks to West Farms Square.

This program is made possible with support from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, including Council Members Eric Dinowitz, Althea Stevens, Kristy Marmorato and the Bronx Delegation. Additional support is from Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson, the NYS Council on the Arts with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the NYS Legislature. Foundation support is from Con Edison: The Power of Giving, The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, The Lincoln Fund, and private donors.

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