Born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua,
Mexico, artist Magda Bowen creates colorful, graphic paintings
in a vivid style of realism tempered by loose, physical
brushwork. Her bright, bizarre colors and dramatic, fantastical
images reflect an inspiration from native Mexican art, while
simultaneously providing a look into an isolated childhood
filled with rage. Her fierce spirit and energy are captured
in her intensely brilliant yellows, oranges, and greens,
while her isolation and childhood ghosts are reflected in
chilling blues and purples. She says of her childhood, "Drawing
was a way of avoiding a cruel reality. My pencil was a magic
wand; my artwork kept me sane. I was only ten, but my eyes
were windows of an ancient soul." Her paintings are
a celebration of life and heritage.
Bowen, who moved to the United States at
the age of fifteen with a second grade education, finished
high school and earned an applied science degree in commercial
art. She published "Chicano Art For Our Millennium"
in 2004 and "Triumph Of Our Communities" in 2005.
Her art is on exhibit year around in Texas.