If you didn't have a chance to read my first post about Zonamaco, feel free to have a quick skim here to see what booths were my favorite. In this post I'll cover the artists I discovered and some of the craziest things I saw at this year's (2019) edition of Zonamaco in Mexico City.
One of the best parts of a fair is finding new artists, and this is especially true at an international fair. I discovered so many amazing artists, many from Mexico City, but plenty from all over the world.
Ryan Brown - New York
1. The first could be spotted in front of the entrance to the fair. One of his sleeping dogs was having a nice snooze, welcoming guests to come inside.
Alfredo Alcalde - Peru
Edgar Endress - Chile
Edgar's works, brought to Zonamaco by RoFa Projects based in Maryland represent how he perceives his indigenous culture vs. how it was represented by colonialists. By taking illustrations from old Encyclopedia's and rearranging them in ways that represent true Latin American culture as well as other cultures (such as in America).
Mark Ryden - United States
I was surprised by really pleased to see a work by Mark Ryden at Kasmin's booth at Zonamaco. If you've seen my Pinterest you'll know I'm just a little bit obsessed with his work and how it's charming and childlike but morbid and dark at the same time.
Andrew Salgado - London
I'm always excited to see what BEERS London is going to bring ever since seeing their Thrush Holmes booth at last year's Zonamaco. This year they didn't disappoint, bringing multiple talented artists, but the one I found most intriguing was Andrew Salgado.
MACARRÓN, Rafa - Madrid
If I had to pick a favorite (which is kind of like picking a favorite child) - it would have to be Macarrón, Rafa at Galería Juan Silió's booth. The playfulness and use of color make me so happy when I Iook at them. There's such personality in his work.
Claire Milbrath- Montreal
Not only is Claire an artist, but apparently she's an editor-in-chief of The Editorial Magazine. It must be hard being so talented. These works were brought to Zonamaco by Steve Turner gallery based in LA.
Nebojša Despotović - Italy
Boccanera Gallery brought these dark works by artist Nebojša Despotović all the way from Italy, and the booth is captivating. The darkness is almost a nice to contrast to so much color seen throughout the fair.
Ana Segovia - Mexico City
Growing up around watching her relatives in movies from the 'golden era' of Mexican Hollywood - it's no surprise that Ana Segovia is inspired by staging various portrayals of masculinity within her paintings. Represented by Mexico City Gallery, Karen Huber, she has a bright future ahead of her indeed (calling it now).
And the craziest/most interesting things I saw....
Tom Sachs at Vito Schnabel's booth.
Mostly because of the Chanel keys and Machete in the back of the boom box.
This dog, with it's new toy...hand, by Adel Abdessmed
This fun 'science museum' inspired sculpture
This battlefield of Ronald McDonald characters at Galerie Lelong's booth by Jake and Dinos Chapman.
Which were your favorites? Email me to let me know!