Fulgencio Lazo

There’s a simplicity and joy to Fulgencio Lazo’s work that’s refreshing. His oil paintings evoke Paul Klee and Marc Chagall in their vividly whimsical celebration of family, heritage, and community in his native Oaxaca. With titles like “La Espera De Familia/The Family Awaits” and “La Mirada Infantil/Childlike Look,” he brings a spirit to his work that is both youthful and an echo of past artists who shared his love for naïf imagery, color, and floating symbolism. Faces, masks, animals, and mandolins swirl about these richly colored canvases in bright turquoise, reds, and golds. The traditions and festivals of Lazo’s Zapotec Indian culture are the inspiration for his work. The 38-year-old artist studied in both Mexico (with respected artist and teacher Shinzaburo Takeda) and Seattle (at Cornish College of the Arts) and is also a skilled printmaker. He has a studio in each of his hometowns, maintaining ties to both. In 2004, he was the artist in residence at Seattle’s Hamilton International Middle School. Baas Art Gallery, 2703 E. Madison St., 206-324-4742, www.baasartgallery.com. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. Ends Nov. 30.

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