Heart & Soul of Mexico

September 29, 2012 – December 2, 2012

Raúl Anguiano was one of the most prominent Mexican artists of the 20th Century and a member of the second generation school of mural painting that embraced the artistic tradition of Rivera, Orozco and Siqueiros. Many of the more than 130 pieces on exhibit including sketches, pastels, paintings and ceramic plates and vases, had never been seen previously in the US.

Also on display was an exhibit of contemporary color photographs taken in various regions of Mexico by the acclaimed photographer, Mario Castillo.

Crescentera developed and created this exhibit in collaboration with Brigita Anguiano and Laura Reinert . The exhibit was curated by Ms. Reinert and Ms. Courtright and was presented by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido with the collaboration of the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego, and the Centro Cultural Tijuana.


A two part lecture series was presented.

The first lecture, “Raúl Anguiano, Muralism and Mexican Art” on November 10, was lead by Gregorio Luke, international art lecturer and former director of the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach, CA. and included a personal interview with Brigita Anguiano, the artist’s widow. Mr. Luke wrote and narrated a short film, produced by Crescentera, on the life and art of Anguiano which was presented on a loop in a dedicated room at the exhibit.

In the second lecture, “Journey through Mexico” on December 2, photographer Mario Castillo spoke about his journeys, his magical encounters and his art.


The exhibition included an extensive education outreach program to local schools and the community through a collaboration between the CCAE education department and the Escondido Unified School District. Students participated by submitting portraits in the manner of Raul Angiuano which were exhibited during the show and were invited to docent led visits of the exhibit.

For more information about the exhibition, Raúl Anguiano, or Mario Castillo, please download the following exhibit brochures:

Anguiano Brochure
Castillo Brochure