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The memory of my walks through the countryside, hikes with my father to climb the mountains of Guanajuato, and later, upon moving to the city, the discovery of a natural space near home, with a river and a pond surrounded by trees, marks the beginning of this introspective journey. In this place, I would draw, paint, play, bike ride, exercise, walk to clear my mind, and reflect in solitude. It was through this that I discovered that parks and green areas in the city not only connect us with nature but also with our own inner selves, with that intimate space that dwells within each of us. Parks are experienced in various ways and at different times, and we all create memories in them. Sometimes, we go to the park to spend time with friends or family, other times to exercise, and others to disconnect from routine. Each individual experiences these moments uniquely, establishing an intimate relationship with that small oasis of nature amidst the concrete jungle.

The paintings presented here are not intended to be a catalog of activities in Prospect Park; rather, they represent a personal experience, what I observe and am drawn to on my excursions through the park. They are images that can be found simply by going and observing. Some of the paintings capture small details: a reflection in the water, a tree trunk struck by lightning but still growing, colors contrasting with the whiteness of the snow. In others, characters engaged in activities are depicted, in reduced scale to emphasize the grandeur of nature and its atmosphere, highlighting the sunlight that envelops the figures in their various occupations. Each individual has their own connection with Prospect Park, their own intimate walk. In

this series of landscape paintings, I only share mine, inviting viewers to reflect on their own experiences and encounters with nature amidst urban life.

-Miguel Reyes

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in the bustling city of Mexico City and currently based in Brooklyn, New York, Miguel Reyes is a painter whose work has captured hearts on both sides of the Atlantic. Graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts from the prestigious National School of Fine Arts at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Reyes has showcased his art in galleries and cultural spaces in the United States, Spain, France, and Mexico. His work is distinguished by its thematic focus on nature and its expression through brushstrokes. With echoes of impressionism, he creates small, evocative paintings in which each stroke, precise and carefully executed, is imbued with freshness and distinction, transporting the viewer to a world of timeless beauty. Reyes, with his ability to merge the nostalgia of the past with the vitality of the present, invites us to reflect on our relationship with nature and the world around us. His work serves as a reminder of the beauty found in the smallest details, a celebration of life in all its forms.

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