Athenaeum Music & Arts Library North Reading Room

Athenaeum Art Center Gallery



January 15 – March 28, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 12, 6-8 PM


The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library is pleased to announce PERROS Y ABSTRACTOS (DOGS AND ABSTRACTS), a series of large-scale artworks by Tijuana-based artists Alvaro Blancarte Osuna, at the Athenaeum Art Center.


As an artist, professor, art promoter, teacher, and mentor, Alvaro Blancarte Osuna has been a prolific and multifaceted contributor to the artistic landscape of Baja California. Drawing inspiration from literature, the mythologies of the Kumiai culture, and the Baja California landscape, Blancarte creates large-scale canvases and murals evoking the culture, beauty and uniqueness of the region’s topography. Blancarte has a natural ability to work both figuratively and abstractly, as he explains “I’m gradually losing the figurative essence of my work until I reach abstraction.”


Most recently, Blancarte began to incorporate the image of the Xoloitzcuintli, the 3,000-year-old ancient Aztec dog of the gods. In the artwork the Xoloitzcuintli becomes one with abstraction, the experimentation with textures, materials and colors, and the use cartographic incisions, which are synonymous with the artist’s style. On view, from January 15 through March 28, 2019 Perros y Abstractos will showcase a series of large-scale artworks at the Athenaeum Arts Center.


Since, 1964 Blancarte has exhibited throughout the Americas, Asia, and the Middle East. His work has been shown alongside that Carlos Mérida, Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Toledo, Rodrigo Pimentel, and Jose Luis Cuevas, to name a few. Maestro Blancarte, as he is affectionately known in the region, has been the recipient of various prestigious awards, a key figure in the artistic development of an important generation of Tijuana-based artists and the founder of the Fine Arts Workshop at the Casa de la Cultura Tepepan, and the Art Workshop at the Autonomous University of Baja California in Tecate.


The Athenaeum Art Center, located at 1955 Julian Avenue in Logan Heights, in the Bread & Salt complex, is open Tuesday and Thursday, 10 am–4 pm, and for scheduled programs and classes.