Arte de Origen’s gallery artists celebrate ancient traditions through Latin art in La Jolla

Shoppers mingle at a recent reception held at Arte de Origen. (Courtesy Photos)

By Marti Gacioch

The 10 studio artists of Arte de Origen celebrate the ancient artistic traditions of the Incas, Aztecs and Mayans with their exquisitely collaged boxes, mirrors, furniture and tapestries.

“We identify with the Latin American and Mexican Indians and want to represent their cultures by carrying on their artistic designs through our modern pieces,” said owner/CEO Rodrigo Rubin.

The artists use no paint to create their works, and instead, etch on wooden bases (including coffee tables, benches, consoles, mariachi guitars and trumpets), before painstakingly cutting small, colored pieces of paper by hand to glue to the wooden objects. After completing a piece, an artist seals it with a patina wax for protection.

A sculpted metal fish is on display at Arte de Origen.

While every collaged piece has a symbol, a color and a design that the Indians made long ago, the artists’ pieces present a modern flair. “We show more than 400 collaged boxes that are available in 15 sizes, including 3×3 inches and 7×7 inches, but we’ll also make them according to the size and colors that a customer wants,” Rubin said.

Their collaged tapestries (paper collage on top of craft paper or fabric) are handled in the same manner, with sizes running from 23×34 inches to as large as 46 by 67 inches.

“We always have new pieces, and every one to two months, we have a whole, new collection available,” Rubin said. The studio also excels at designing colorful plates and large metal sculpted works depicting fish, bulls and horses.

“Artists use stones with copper, bronze and silver metals to create the large, decorative designs,” Rubin said. “The fish are nine feet by 67 inches in size.”

In 2007, the artists of Arte de Origen opened their first studio in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Soon afterward, they added a second studio in La Pampa, Argentina. Their La Jolla gallery was opened in September. Arte de Origen ships free, anywhere in the world and offers a 10 percent discount for all local purchases.

Arte de Origen, 1264 Prospect St.La Jolla
• Hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday
• Phone: (858) 456-2200
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A collaged console with Latin-influenced art is on display at Arte de Origen.

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