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Finding Passion Through Colors with @lourdes_villagomez

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(This interview was conducted in Spanish)

Color is a constant in the life of Lourdes Villagómez, (@lourdes_villagomez). The Mexican painter started off as a graphic designer, afraid of devoting herself to painting. But it was color that brought her back to her passion.

“I love color and the fact that it’s so Mexican. One of my main topics is Mexican culture and traditions, and in my country that goes hand in hand with color. I started painting with this theme while I was in Italy, missing my country, and automatically the color appeared,” says Lourdes, who abandoned design after winning a scholarship to study painting in Florence, Italy.

Back in Mexico City, Lourdes’ paintings mainly focus on her country, but she also does portraits. “Now I earn my living through my paintings, and that is because I believed in me. I said, I’m going to throw myself at it — I am going to do it.”

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Nubian paintings from Christian period, Nile River Valley south of the First Cataract, dating from the 8th century AD. Influenced by missionaries sent from Constantinople, the rulers of the Nile Valley from the first to the third cataracts converted to Christianity in about 548 AD.

Courtesy of & can be viewed at the Faras Gallery, National Museum in Warsaw, Poland. Photos taken by Mariusz Cieszewski via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland

Happy 75th birthday to Chuck Close, known for his photorealistic paintings. Early in his career Close shot black-and-white portraits and reproduced them in large scale on canvas. Here, you can see his system at work in this study for his iconic 1968 self-portrait.

[Chuck Close. Study for Self-Portrait. 1968. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2015 Chuck Close]