Art Gallery

CURSE OF THE PUERTO RICANS

ART EXHIBITION

PRESENTS

 

NOIN RIVERA & MAGALI SMITH

MAGALI SMITH

An award-winning artist from Puerto Rico. She loves nature, music, people,
and good food! Her art is just one of the many ways she expresses this.

She works with a variety of different mediums but is most drawn to painting with oils. Her artistic nature shows through in everything she does. Her meticulous paintings preserve on canvas, her inner strength of spirit. There is precision but also delicate brushwork in her paintings.

Magali’s paintings capture the Spanish façades, African rhythms, Indian symbols, and natural beauty of Puerto Rico, where she grew up. Many of these paintings are also inspired by her travels around the world.

In her words, “I find so much beauty in the differences and similarities of diverse people and places.”

Magali has a studio in Historic Downtown McKinney and participates in a wide variety of community and charity events. Some of the events include; Arts and Music Guild in McKinney, The Cove,
Unique By Nature, MAST, the TX PRF, Visual Arts Collective of Dallas, the Visual Arts League of Allen, the Poetry Society of Collin County, and the Board of Directors for the Art Club of McKinney.

FIND MAGALI ON SOCIAL: FB | IG

NOIN RIVERA

Born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, Noin begins his studies in art while in high school. In 1989,
he obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico. In 2002, he obtained his M.F.A from the Intermaerican University of San Germán.

His thesis focused on the childhood memories of the traditional toys of Puerto Rico. Therefore, tricycles and toy tops are recurring subjects in his work. Noin worked as an art professor at the Interamerican University of Arecibo for nine years. His artistic career is based in Puerto Rico, but his work has participated in collective exhibitions in Miami, New York, and Chicago, prior to moving to Texas with his wife and son.

After moving to the United States, his artwork has been going into a transition phase. Nevertheless, he’s had the opportunity to participate in exhibitions such as the Boricua Art Exhibit in San Antonio, Conception Arts in Dallas and has presented at festivals such as the Goggle Art Fest of Fort Worth and Bedford Art Fest.

He is currently developing, along with other artists, an online gallery project called NENOVA. He also conducts virtual interviews of Puerto Rican artists on social media to expose their talent and work with the community here as he continues to search for new narratives and subjects to develop in his work without losing the Caribbean essence.

NOIN RIVERA’S WEBSITE