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The Magic of Realism

In this aptly titled exhibition The Magic of Realism, held at Moran Gallery later this month, there is not one theme but a variety of subjects.
Peruvian painter Ernesto Arrisueno explores the rustic and the old in his paintings.
Peruvian painter Ernesto Arrisueno explores the rustic and the old in his paintings.

Through still life paintings full of warm colour and rich texture, Peruvian painter Ernesto Arrisueño explores the rustic and the old.

In the surrealist paintings Ernesto reflects on personal experiences, myths and dreams.

Ernesto Arrisueño was born in Lima, at a time when migration to Australia was almost exclusively from Britain and Europe.

In the past decade however, Australian life has been enriched by migration from many South American countries.

Mr Arrisueño studied art in Lima before completing a Bachelor of Architecture degree at Ricardo Palma University.

Throughout the 1980’s he exhibited widely in Peru in both individual and group exhibitions.

Architectural drawing, for which he had won a number of prizes as a student, developed as a major theme in his work where figures and objects are juxtaposed with beautifully rendered building fragments. He came to Australia in 1989 and soon found success in local exhibitions.

The crisp reality of Mr Arrisueño’s works creates an air of mystical calm, a world of still waters, a myriad of flowers and isolated enigmatic figures. His current work blends memories of his early years in the dry barren landscape of Peru with the new visions and traditions of his life in Australia.

Mr Arrisueño was a 2015 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Finalist with his portrait of INXS Rock Lengend Kirk Pengilly. For more information visit Ernesto Arrisueno

The Magic of Realism will be on exhibition in the Moran Gallery from Thursday 21 July to Sunday 28 July 2016, 10am – 4pm daily.  Opening Night 20th July at 6pm.

For more information contact 02 8272 0000 or email


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