When most people think of nuns, they imagine Julie Andrews singing in the hills, or the stern, knuckle-rapping sisters found at Catholic schools. Local artist Gennaro Garcia paints a different picture of religious life.
On a trip to Spain with his wife, Garcia encountered three nuns smoking, drinking and living it up. We start talking about the fact that God is not gonna love them less because theyre drinking, if they use makeup, or have fake boobs, he recalls. These spirited Spanish sisters inspired several paintings and small-scale wood sculptures featured in De Norte a Sur, a collaborative exhibit between Garcia and fellow Mexican-born artist Joe Ray.
Both artists share a love of bright colors, yet view women through a different lens. Rays angelic figures are soft and ethereal, while Garcias women are either realistic portraits of his muses or square-jawed nuns toting goblets of wine.