The distinguished painter and musician Gustavo Sendis divided much of his time between Guadalajara, where he was born in 1941, and his family’s second home in Ajijic.
He became interested in art at an early age and, in 1958 and 1959, studied drawing with Jorge Navarro and Ernesto Butterlin. His love of guitar music and painting took him to Spain for a time. On his return to Guadalajara, he exhibited paintings and gave guitar recitals. During a second trip to Europe, he continued to exhibit his work and give concerts. The inspiration for many of his paintings (which include scenes hand-painted onto stoneware plates) came from Jalisco locations, such as Ajijic and Lake Chapala, that he first knew as a child.
Sendis’ first formal exhibition was at the Casa de la Cultura Jalisciense in Guadalajara in 1968. He also exhibited in several European countries, including Italy, Switzerland, Portugal and Spain, where he participated in the Ibiza Biennial in 1971. His work was included in a joint show at Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University) in Nanaimo, B.C., in July 1980, with works by Zbigniew Olak and Aquatic Exotic.
Sendis lived for many years in Ajijic prior to his untimely death there from a heart attack, while still in his forties, in 1989. Fellow artist Tom Faloon extolled the quality of Sendis’ work, saying that he “did some wonderful paintings, and pretty much lived in his own world.”
In 2010, a major “Winter Collective” exhibition in Guadalajara at Galería Vértice included a Sendis painting, alongside originals by such renowned artists as Rufino Tamayo, Gustavo Aceves, José Clemente Orozco, Rafael Coronel, Gunther Gerzso, Leonora Carrington and Juan Soriano. Sendis’s work was also included in a similar exhibition the following year, alongside works by Georg Rauch, Jose Luis Cuevas, Juan Soriano and Francisco Toledo.
Note: Galería Vértice catalogs were at http://www.verticegaleria.com/esp/antes_exp.asp?cve_exp=82
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