"Bodegón Con Jarrón," by Nick Gomez

Gallería Dante announced the opening reception for artists Leticia Schmidt and Nick Gomez, to take place on Friday, November 9, with cocktails from 6 to 10 pm. The opening coincides with the first Emiliano Zapata's Southside Shuffle of the Winter season.

Born in Guadalajara in 1965, Leticia Schmidt began her professional training in graphic design and participated in various fine art workshops. A professor encouraged her to pursue her dream to become an abstract artist. The artist describes her paintings as "harmonic compositions that communicate feelings of well-being, within one's self and their surroundings". In her early years she worked in watercolor, but later her interests turned to oil, acrilic, engraving and encaustic, combining techniques and textures to create her own language. Her acrylic series is inspired by her travels to ancient cities in the Mediterranean and Africa, while her encaustic wax works take her love of texture and her color palette to a new level. She is equally comfortable working in both mediums and flows freely between the two. Schmidt has exhibited in Miami, Canary Islands, Argentina, Valencia, and New York, as well as many cities in her native Mexico.

A self-taught artist, Nick Gomez started painting in 1996, when he had his first show in Tlaquepaque. He later studied under master portrait artist, Hilario Alvarez, who guided Nicolas to strive for perfection, something obvious in his detailed paintings.  He painted exclusively for more than 4 years for the Riu Hotel chain of Mexico, creating works for the lobbies as well as their many hotel rooms. The artist has painted more than 50 murals, most for the Mexico-based Italiannis restaurant chain. He has owned his own studio for over 20 years, where his daughter, Cindy, is now his top protégé. He is in collections in the USA, Canada, South America, as well as many homes and hotels in Mexico.

Gallería Dante is located at Basilio Badillo 269 in Colonia Emiliano Zapata.