From April 23 - May 21, 2005, The Folk Tree is pleased to present the work of Mexican artist Jorge Rosano, internationally known for his 3-D cut paper sculpture that is inspired by the pre-Hispanic Indian tradition of paper cutting practiced in Mexico for centuries. The opening reception is scheduled for Saturday, April 23, from 2 - 6 P.M.

The show will include approximately 40 pieces. In keeping with tradition, Rosano's art is done spontaneously with no preliminary sketches or drawings. Using scissors, paper and glue, Rosano creates complex scenes reflecting Mexican culture and history. His bright collages are skillfully assembled into playful, ironic and beautiful works that speak of the continuity of life. Themes included in the show are the Virgen de Guadalupe and other religious subjects, mestizaje (images related to the blending of Indian and Spanish cultures), and various Mexican rituals.

Only a handful of Otomi Indians in the mountains of Puebla continue this particular type of paper cutting, using it for agricultural and magical purposes. Rosano points out that what he is doing is not papel picado, which arrived in Mexico in the 17th Century via China, but rather is derived from an indigenous Mexican art form.

His work cannot be easily categorized - he takes the simplest of materials and transforms them into elaborate and descriptive pieces of art, unique in every way. Rosano began his formation as an artist at age seven when he studied with the illustrator Hector Xavier. He received his formal education in recognized art academies in Italy, England and Mexico, where he developed his drawing and other techniques. It was after his education that he became inspired by the traditional Mexican art of paper cutting, finding it to be the best way to express his love of Mexican culture and history.

Jorge Rosano was born in Mexico in 1955. He has had his work in more than fifty exhibitions throughout the world and has received several awards. The artist lives and works in Tepoztlan, Morelos.

The Folk Tree is located at 217 South Fair Oaks Avenue, minutes walking distance from the Gold Line's Del Mar Station (just fifteen minutes from downtown Los Angeles off the end of the 110 freeway). The Folk Tree Collection is a few doors north at 199 South Fair Oaks Avenue. Hours are: M-W, 11-6; Th-Sat, 10-6; Sun, 12-5. For more information, contact Kathi Oshima at The Folk Tree at 626/795-8733, or Gail Mishkin at The Folk Tree Collection at 626/793-4828.