For the March 2019 exhibit at the Deming Art Center we will be presenting works by Roy Van der Aa and Michael Pavao. Michael Pavao was born in Fall River, Massachusetts in 1944. He works in acrylic and watercolor, figurative and abstraction. He was a member of Will Barnet’s “Smoke Room Gang” at the Art Students League of New York in the 60’s and 70’s. He has shown extensively throughout the Northeast and the Southwest. He has resided in Las Cruces since 1996. All work is new for this show and the small format monotypes are dynamic and affordable. Pavao numbers rather than titles his work, incorporating the date of completion. Doing this avoids the preconceived imagery or meaning a formal title often suggests and suggests an affinity with music and mathematics where the form is counterbalanced by the space around the form. The feeling of improvisational jazz can be seen in the artwork.
Roy van der Aa was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1956 and grew up in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1989. He works in mixed media in a non-objective style he calls Geometric Transcendence. Roy is a founding member of ArtForms and helps to organize the Love of Art Month held in February for the past 21 years in Las Cruces. He has had over 110 solo, 2 person and group shows beginning in 1978. He has also shown at the Cutter Gallery, Unsettled Gallery and Art Obscura in Las Cruces, Gallery 408 in Carrizozo and had two large shows at Rio Bravo Fine Art in Truth or Consequences. In 2018 has participated in shows at the Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art and The International Museum of Art in El Paso. In Europe he has been shown alongside graphic works by Chagall, Miro and Picasso.
Mike and Roy have know each other for 10 years. This is their first show together. There will be an artist reception on Sunday, March 3, from 1-3PM. The Deming Art Center is located at 100 S. Gold St., Deming, NM. For more information please call 575-546-3663, or see our FB page.