Inside Gatov-West sat the beautiful artwork of Christopher Linquata. A showcase of oil paintings titled “Sacred and Profane”, these frames captured a moment in time. It was the figures within these paintings that took the show as they were portrayed with such realistic emotion and expression. The gallery was clearly a reflection of the artist’s memory, one of which conveyed pure joy through its bright colors and landscape.
Through his creative talents Linguatta’s paintings were recognizable in setting; however, just to make sure I had to ask. So as said by the artist, these paintings took place in the Sunken City of San Pedro. For this gallery, Linquata told his audience that he was a huge of fan of Renaissance art and through this, directed it as his focus for this gallery. In part, this is why he chose the Sunken City as his muse, as it is has its own individuality while at the same time reflecting some of the themes that the finds in Renaissance art- that is sacredness and profanity. And because of those two words, that is what he would technically tell others is the theme, despite stating that he didn’t originally have one. Moreover, Linquata told us students that this was his last showcase, as he will be graduating later on in the year with a Masters in painting. He was formally a teacher, but took the leap of going back to school so that he can become a better artist. Linquata even said that his painting became 10 times better just from his first day of class at CSULB.
Linquata was a unique individual. From observation, he was very composed and quiet, not too overly joyed at talking about his work like previous artists we’ve spoken to, but also not bored or shy by the repetitive questions that us students asked. And as this may sound as criticism, they are actually words of admiration. Linquata was older than most students, for of course he was in a graduate program, but I believe that because of his age he held more wisdom than most artists. It was definitely a characteristic that I haven’t seen in any of the artists before because he seemed to solely focus on the beauty of art, rather than the beauty of his work. Linquata could have rambled like most, talking about who the people were in his paintings, the emotions behind the process, or how long the process was, but instead he focused his conversations a lot on his liking for Renaissance art and how he tries to find the beauty in all the places that he visits. What I enjoyed hearing most from Linquata was his experiences from teaching and how he would some day like to return to the classroom and inspire others to fall in love with art as much as he does. That is what I found most powerful from Linquata as I, personally, hold high respects for teachers who choose to share wholeheartly what they love with others. Rather than other artists, who seem overly ambitious or self absorbed with their career and fame. And with that, I conclude to say that this weeks artist was in one word- selfless.
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Also fun fact: Linquata’s Instagram can be found in each painting if you look closely!