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In this article, Lorenzo Varela reviews the work of two of the artists who took part in a Hispanic-American exhibition: the Mexican painter Juan Soriano, and Mariano Rodríguez Orgaz, the Spaniard living in exile in Mexico. Focusing his critical eye on them for the first time, Varela mentions the novelty of the exhibition’s joint presentation of two painters of different nationalities. He considers Soriano to be a very promising young artist because he sees in his paintings a fusion of his spirit and his artistic self and practice. The critic goes on to discuss the three works displayed by Rodríguez Orgaz: an oil portrait of a woman and two gouache landscapes. In the former, Varela acknowledges the serious quality of the Spaniard’s painting, but discerns a certain lack of maturity in the execution of the drawing. In the others, he notes the artist’s ability to portray the Mexican landscape without exaggerating its exotic features.
In this article the writer refers to a group showing by Spanish and Mexican painters at the opening of a new exhibition space, with Diego Rivera (1886-1957), Dr. Atl (1875-1964), and Juan Soriano (1920-2006) representing Mexico. Spain was represented by Alberto Michel, Enrique Climent (1897-1980) from Valencia, Ramón Gaya (1910-2005) from Murcia, Miguel Prieto (1907-56) from La Mancha, Antonio Rodríguez Luna (1910-85) from Córdoba, and Mariano Rodríguez Orgaz.