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Javier Ramos Salazar

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Paintings which at first appear to be incredibly detailed drawings.

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Javier Ramos Salazar is an extremely talented painter from Ajijic, Mexico. He specializes in portraiture but can paint anything from landscapes to abstracts.

Javier first started with art thanks to the Neil James children’s art program at the Lake Chapala Society. In those days, the early 1970s, the program’s reach mostly extended to unlimited free art supplies and James’ encouragement. There was some formal instruction, but Javier remains self-taught, having mastered drawing, painting and other mediums. (Other graduates of the LCS children’s art program are Efrén González and Bruno Mariscal.)

Javier also taught himself the painting technique that he employs regularly in his work, which consists of fine crosshatching using grey paint and a brush. His work either stays monochromatic or he sometimes adds a color wash once he has the underlying grey work in place.

Javier makes frames and stretches canvases for himself and for other artists and art buyers. Contact him and he’ll frame your work or custom-make a canvas for you, from small sizes to several meters.

You’ll be able to find Javier’s work on permanent display at Casa Linda (Río Bravo #7, Ajijic) after mid-October 2019. He is the building’s owner and has a deal with Casa Linda’s owners to be the exclusive artist to hang work on the walls there.

Art classes

Javier is a sought-after teacher who has helped absolute newcomers get started and professional painters become masters. In Ajijic, he teaches every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Paseo del Tepalo #10, a private home. During the high season (December to April or so) he usually offers a Friday class to keep the class sizes small.

Contact him about signing up for instruction or you could drop the class one day. Classes are $100 pesos/hour and you can stay for as long or little as you like.

Last updated March 5, 2020

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Javier Ramos Salazar is an artist from Ajijic, Mexico, who specializes in painted portraiture.

Javier Ramos Salazar is an artist from Ajijic, Mexico, who specializes in painted portraiture.

A work in progress at Javier's new studio in Ajijic.

A work in progress at Javier's new studio in Ajijic.

Detail of girl's portrait. Despite looking like it's been done in pencil, this is actually painted.

Detail of girl's portrait. Despite looking like it's been done in pencil, this is actually painted.

Portrait of the artist's mother.

Portrait of the artist's mother.

Detail of the portrait. On some paintings, Javier will add color with acrylic or oil.

Detail of the portrait. On some paintings, Javier will add color with acrylic or oil.

A work in progress.

A work in progress.

Detail of this work that's still in progress.

Detail of this work that's still in progress.

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Closer detail of this work that's still in progress.

Closer detail of this work that's still in progress.

John Lennon.

John Lennon.

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Kids pose as marionettes on a moving float during the New Year's Day parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

The Puppetmaster Adjusts His Sombrero

Kids pretend to be living marionettes while riding on a moving float during the New Year’s Day parade in Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico.

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Nude.

Nude.

Still life of three pears.

Still life of three pears.

Still life of crumpled paper.

Still life of crumpled paper.

Still life of branches and ribbon.

Still life of branches and ribbon.

Still life of branches.

Still life of branches.

Javier can also paint abstract work which is more decorative in nature.

Javier can also paint abstract work which is more decorative in nature.

The artist's tools.

The artist's tools.

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Some of Javier's brushes.

Some of Javier's brushes.

Paints, turpentine and other equipment that Javier uses to create his masterpieces.

Paints, turpentine and other equipment that Javier uses to create his masterpieces.

Javier gives painting classes every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Paseo del Tepalo #10 in Ajijic.

Javier gives painting classes every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Paseo del Tepalo #10 in Ajijic.

Classes cost $100 pesos per hour and you can go for as few or many hours as you want.

Classes cost $100 pesos per hour and you can go for as few or many hours as you want.

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Frida Kahlo Catrina on the Day of the Dead

A woman dressed as a catrina of Frida Kahlo on the Day of the Dead in Chapala, Mexico.

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