Sun setting over the Sierra Madre mountains on Lake Chapala near Ajijic, Mexico.

Luis Enrique - Painter

When Luis Enrique Martinez Hernandez was a small child, he'd spend hours drawing in the garden of the San Juan Cosala hacienda that his parents cared for. At that early age, he drew what he saw around him, sometimes everything in shades of red (the artist's favorite color). His parents encouraged his work and while in primary and secondary school, he found himself entering art contests, winning first place on many occasions. Luis Enrique regularly attended the Neill James Art Program at the Lake Chapala Society. There, he developed his realistic style under the guidance of local artists Javier Zaragoza, Efren Gonzalez, Enrique Velasquez, Jose Duran and Bruno Mariscal, to name a few. He is now a volunteer at the program, inspiring other young artists. His works have been on the cover of the Lake Chapala Review three times, and he's exhibited his work at the Ajijic Cultural Center, the Ajijic Society of the Arts shows, and in various local art fairs, among other. Luis Enrique cites his artistic influences as Goya, Da Vinci, Van Gogh, Picasso, as well as Mexican artists Rivera and Orozco, and today Luis Enrique experiments with Impressionism and Surrealism. "For the most part, I have always painted just to paint," he says. "As I've matured as a person, I now want to deliver the viewer a message that art can be a source of innovation, creation, provide meaning and symbols, and express the feelings of the artist." This is his goal as an artist, and one can see he is well on his way. He welcomes ideas from aficionados of art, too. "I am not afraid to talk to people about new ideas and vision for my art. It gives me new challenges to overcome. Art is my passion and my life!"

Contact Information:
Cell Phone:
(Mexico) (045) 331-242-6494

Watercolour painting of pink rose on paper. Watercolour painting of Birds of Paradise blossums on paper. Watercolour painting of 2 friends standing in front of casa on paper.
"Amanecer de Una Rosa
Acuarela on Paper.
30x20 cm $1,000. pesos
"Aves del Paraiso
Acuarela on Paper.
30x40 cm. $1,200. pesos
"Las Comadres
Acuarela on Paper.
35x45 cm. $1,200 pesos
Watercolour painting of Mi Pueblito on paper. Watercolour painting of Sembrando on paper. Watercolour painting of Un Bello Atardecer on paper.
"Mi Pueblito
Acuarela on Paper.
35x45 cm $1,250. pesos
"Sembrando Vida
Acuarela on Paper.
35x45 cm - $1,250 pesos
"Un Bello Atardecer
Acuarela on Paper.
30x40 cm $1,200. pesos
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