Two Painters From the Southern Highlands

By Mark Jenkins March 6,2015

Fabricio Lara and José Miguel Bayro Corrochano, the “Two Painters From the Southern Highlands” at All We Art, were born in Bolivia in the 1960s. Both were influenced by such 20th-century Iberians as Picasso and Miro, and share a folkloric quality. But the men diverged in life as well as style. Bayro Corrochano (or “Bayro C.”) moved to Mexico, where he diversified into many media.

Bayro C.’s output includes prints, ceramics and small bronzes (including one of a voluptuous nude on horseback) as well as paintings. He designs jewelry, constructs elaborate frames for his work and sometimes incorporates metalwork into his pictures; in one portrait, an otherwise two-dimensional woman sports a real brooch in her painted hair. Bayro C. is an artist, but also something of an tinkerer.

Lara concentrates on paintings, which are vivid and mythic. They feature such Andean symbolic animals as horses (sometimes ridden by voluptuous nudes), bulls and condors. Bright reds and blues and sharply defined forms contrast earth tones and abstractly patterned areas. He often works on an epic scale, but the grand compositions are grounded by intricate detail. That parallels how he combines muscular gestures with dreamlike effects for paintings that appear immediate yet mysterious.

Two Painters From the Southern Highlands On view through March 25 at All We Art, 1666 33rd St. NW.