Zener Schon Gallery

BENITO RANGEL DE MARIA San Francisco

Through the act of mark making, construction and deconstruction with varied media, I am developing a system of symbols that brand ideas of who we are, who we want to be, and how we want to be per- ceived. Working primarily on paper, my work explores aspects of identification focusing on the actions and process that we use to define ourselves and document our surroundings. By creating works that juxtapose our similarities and differences, I encourage the viewer to see beyond the limitations of the physical.

On exhibit by Benito Rangel de Maria at Zener Schon Contemporary Art is a series of original works on paper and mixed media works:

MICROCOSM, REFRACTION,  BLAZE, and TRIBE.

The Microcosm and Refraction series are created with many layers that make up our society. Dependent on an urban structure of pipes, chain link fences and sewing needles, these works use the language of infrastructure to support the magical links of light, glass, and colors of a chandelier. Most of the works are an integration of layered images connected with wax, a substance that replicates our own transparent and transitory qualities. Other works play with the refraction of light off a black board with a pin and vinyl film construction, allowing us to question the true structure of this symbol. By juxtaposing archetypical images, the viewer is encouraged to see beyond the limitations of the physical.

The Blaze series utilizes markings as navigational tools that aid and show direction. Comprised of crosses, circles and bands, these markings, or “blazes”, encourage further exploration, intersecting boldly in undefined environments that pave new paths.

The Blaze series is a natural progression to the Tribe series, which focuses on the marking of the individual.

Tribe examines the physical qualities of who we are, who we want to be, and how we want to be perceived.  Through the act of mark making, construction and deconstruction examines the physical qualities of who we are, who we want to be, and how we want to be perceived.

Layers composed of mixed media, graphite, oil, wax or acrylics, invite viewers into a world constructed with intention to reveal a system of symbols that brand and reflect our desire to distinguish ourselves individually, yet be part of a larger group.

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From a young age, Benito Rangel de Maria was set on a path that interweaved disparate cultural and geographical boundaries. Although born in Michoacán, Mexico in 1970, the artist grew up in a Latino neighborhood in Chicago bordered by pockets of diverse ethnic cultures that ultimately influenced his outlook on the world.

Rangel de Maria received a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art from Lake Forest College in Chicago, IL, with a concentration in printmaking with a focus on monotypes. His work was strongly influenced by the powerful yet intimate works on paper of American artist Helen Frankenthaler. He also had the opportunity to study abroad, initially in Paris advancing his fluency in French and knowledge of Art History, followed with an internship at Sotheby’s in Madrid. After graduation, he was invited to intern at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. Daily practices of studying the museum’s permanent collection in order to support his various docent duties surrounded him with an incomparable breath of knowledge and a top-notch community of international colleagues and institutions. It was here where Benito formed an inspirational connection with the work of Rufino Tamayo and Joseph Cor- nell. Tamayo’s Heavenly Bodies presented pre-Columbian imagery with European Modernism within the unlimited boundaries of the universe. Simultaneously, Benito was juxtaposing Tamayo’s work with that of Joseph Cornell, whose box constructions housed concepts of travel and voyage. For Benito, Cornell created a complete universe within the physical limitations of his basement studio.

Following Venice, Rangel de Maria continued in Lugano, Switzerland to join the ARCH Foundation where he coordinated conservation and restoration projects including efforts in St. Petersburg, Russia and Dubrovnik, Croatia.

His mind was fully engaged in ideas of cross contemporary cultures as he traveled from one border to another. The notions of physical boundaries highlighted memories of the borders he and his family had crossed years ago.

Rangel de Maria’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions.  His works have also been included in juried group exhibitions, including the Palm Springs Art Museum and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art.

In February 2015, Rangel de Maria’s work was launched in a solo exhibition at and highlighted at the 2015 Art Market San Francisco by Zener Schon Contemporary Art. He has recently been awarded a 2016 Monte Azul Artist Residency in Costa Rica through Michael Martin’s MMG Foundation. Rangel de Maria is currently based in San Francisco.

 

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  • Benito Rangel de Maria__Blaze218_lowres_36x72inches

    BLAZE 218

    30” X 65.25” Acrylic, Watercolor, Graphite, Ink, Found Paper, Mixed Media on Paper, 2015

  • Benito Rangel de Maria_Portrait in Yellow Gold lowres 2016 42 X 56 inches

    PORTRAIT IN YELLOW GOLD

    42” X 56” Acrylic, Graphite, India Ink, Marker, Ink Jet Print on Paper, 2016

  • Benito Rangel de Maria_MICROCOSM_STUDY 1 lowres_13 X 19 inches mixed media collage on paper

    URBAN ABSTRACT STUDY I

    13” X 19" Mixed Media Collage on Paper, 2015

  • Benito Rangel de Maria_MICROCOSM, STUDY 2 2015 13 X 19 inches mixed media collage on paper

    URBAN ABSTRACT STUDY II

    13” X 19" Mixed Media Collage on Paper, 2015

  • Benito Rangel de Maria_BLAZE 214 low res 35.5 X 72 inches

    BLAZE 214

    35.5” X 72” Acrylic, Watercolor, Graphite, Ink, Found Paper, Correction Tape, Mixed Media on Paper, 2015

  • RdM_Blaze201medres

    BLAZE 201

    43" x 39" Acrylic, India Ink, Watercolor, Graphite on Heavy Lithography Paper

  • RdM_Blaze202lowres

    BLAZE 202

    42.75" x 40"Acrylic, India Ink, Watercolor, Graphite on Heavy Lithography Paper

  • RdM_Blaze200lowres

    BLAZE 200

    40" x 40" Acrylic, India Ink, Watercolor, Graphite on Heavy Lithography Paper

  • RangeldeMaria_Blaze211lowres

    Blaze 211

    30" X 65"Mixed Media, (Acrylic, Watercolor, Graphite, Ink, Correction Tape on Paper)

  • RangeldeMaria_Blaze203lowres

    BLAZE 203

    25" x 36"Acrylic, India Ink, Watercolor, Graphite on Heavy Lithography Paper

  • RdM_Blaze199lowres

    BLAZE 199

    18" x 18"Acrylic, India Ink, Watercolor, Graphite on Heavy Lithography Paper

  • RdM_Blaze197lowres

    BLAZE 197

    18" x 18" Acrylic, India Ink, Watercolor, Graphite on Paper

  • Microcosm155lowres

    MICROCOSM 155

    48" x 48"Photography, Mixed Media, Mounted on Board

  • Microcosm161

    MICROCOSM 161

    48" x 48" x 2.5"Photography, Mixed Media, Mounted on Board

  • RdM_Refraction_RedChadelier1_lowres

    Refraction (Red)

    40" x 40" x 2.5"Stainless Steel Dressmaker Pins on Paper Mounted on Board

  • RangeldeMaria_TRIBE_178lowres

    TRIBE 178

    35.5" x 72"Acrylic, Watercolor, Graphite on Paper

  • RangeldeMaria_TRIBE_185lowres

    TRIBE 185

    35.5" x 72"Acrylic, Watercolor, Graphite on Paper

  • RangeldeMaria_TRIBE_184

    TRIBE 184

    21" x 20"Acrylic, Watercolor, Graphite on Paper