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IBEROAMERICAN ART

 

A PAINTER FROM LOUISIANA

KIRBY ROGERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROGERE
Kirby Rogere

Kirby Rogere studied in San Francisco, California with Wilson Ellsworth and Frederick Grant, receiving acclaim from Alfred Frankenstein, noted art critic. After moving to Cuernavaca, Mexico, he studied with  Alfonso Vila Shum, Spanish painter and refugee of the Spanish Civil War. He was the son in law of Manolo Pascual, as he married Ariadne Pascual, exchanging with the master several artistic experiences.

In Jeanerette, Louisiana, as early as age seven, Rogere’s interest in painting was prefaced by his love for music and the classical thinking; however, exposure to Marin, Rauchenberg, Johns, and Tapies inspired him to enter the world of Modern Art. Finally, in 1964 the stroke of Rogere’s brush to canvas christened his career as a worldly collected and revered artist.

Rogere paints reminiscences of the South, especially Louisiana, his native home, as well as Mexico, exhibiting everyday themes and everyday people. The use of color for decoration, for objects and focus is prevalent in his paintings, often invoking the viewer’s and critics’ reactions to its uniqueness and nontraditional.

 

Kirby Rogère Obituary

 

Kirby Daniel Rogers, also known by his artist name Rogère, died surrounded by his seven children in Austin, Texas, at sunset on March 11, 2006.


The oldest of 12, Kirby was born in Jeanerette Louisiana on February 14, 1929 to Marguerite Minvielle and Kirby Serafin Rogers. Kirby Rogère was a fabulous, versatile and prolific painter and sculptor. He painted still lifes, landscapes and abstracts. He also constructed masks and impressionistic pieces. Rogère’s art was influenced by both his Cajun upbringing as well as by great artists, classical musicians and places from around the globe. His vibrant work is populated with dancers, musicians, musical instruments and birds.  He also produced an abundance of French Quarter scenes and bayou landscapes.

 

From 1948 to 1952 he served in the US Navy and fought in the Korean War. After being honorably discharged he landed in New York City where he met and married Ariadne Pascual.  He was inspired by and received guidance from his father-in-law, Manolo Pascual, a renowned Spanish sculptor from the Dominican Republic.  With Pascual’s encouragement, Kirby began his art career in earnest at age 26.

 

From 1955 to 1960 he lived in beat generation San Francisco, where he studied with Wilson Ellsworth and Frederick Grant.  In 1965 Kirby went to live in Cuernavaca, Mexico with his wife and children, during a time of great artistic ferment in that city.  There he became friends with and studied under the late Francisco Shum, a Spanish painter and refugee from the Spanish Civil War. During this time Rogère also painted and sold his work in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

In 1975 Rogère moved back to the United States, and since then, he lived, painted and showed his art in galleries in Austin, New Orleans, Lafayette, and in his own gallery in Breaux Bridge Louisiana.   While in Breaux Bridge, he wound up in a well-publicized showdown with local authorities for displaying a painting of a nude in his gallery window.

 

While his primary focus was to paint rather than market his work, Kirby lived off his art and supported his family with it for more than 50 years. He remained a dedicated and prolific painter until a few months before his death.  He was passionate about his art, and that zeal is apparent in many of the works he left behind.

 

He was also passionate about life.  Strong willed, and with an equally strong sense of humor, Kirby could just as easily be found digging a ditch on his land in East Austin, painting an impressionistic work to the tune of Bach or Chopin, or enjoying a bowl of gumbo with his family.  Kirby was a dedicated father, grandfather, brother and friend until the day that he died.  He will be sorely missed by his seven children, Ruth Romaguera, Lili Rose, Clara Chase, Paul Rogers, Willy Rogers, Maria Rogers Pascual, and Catalpa-Anne Rogers. He will also be missed by his former wife Ariadne Wright who remained a loving friend until the end; his eight surviving siblings, and his eight grandchildren.

 

He left a legacy of thousands of works that currently reside in collections across the country. Many of his oil and acrylic paintings remain to be collected. His most recent dream was to open a gallery in East Austin named Bartok after the composer.  Nearly completed, the gallery will be the venue for a celebration of Kirby’s life. Friends and family will gather at 3 PM on April 1 for a memorial service at Saint Julia’s Catholic Church on Lyons Road.

 


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Alfonso Vila Shum

SHUM: Artistic name adopted by the sketcher and painter Alfonso Vila; whose true name was Juan Acher Baptist. He was born in Lérida, Spain in 1897. At the age of fourteen he escaped to Barcelona and from there to Paris, city where he managed to illustrate works of several writers and collaborate with several magazines as Monde of Henri Barbusse. In 1920, he was condemned to death by political crimes, but later, in 1924, he was pardoned. He lived in Santo Domingo, place where he made several exhibitions before being transferred to Mexico. He died in Cuernavaca in 1967.

Manolo Pascual

Manolo Pascual Was born in Bilbao, Spain in 1902 and died in New York in 1983. Sketcher and sculptor, made his studies at the Academy of San Fernando of Madrid, in which won the Prize of Rome in 1931. At 16 years old he had gained the First Prize of Sculpture at this academy. Before the Spanish Civil War, he had made exhibitions in Rome and Madrid. When the war appointed as Republican Army soldier with the degree of Captain, reason why when finalizing the war, he had to go to exile, arriving in Santo Domingo in 1939. He was the first director of the National School of Fine Arts from its foundation in 1942. He exposed in Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico and in New York where he was transferred in 1951. In that city he was professor of the Department of Art of the New for School Social Research.

 

 

FERNANDO UREÑA RIB

CUENTOS

LA INICIACIÓN

CELAJES

MAL ENANORADA

EL NAHUAL

PULPO A LA GALLEGA

LA PORTEÑA

LA TOSCANA

LA PUTANA DE PERPIGNAN

LA TORRE VIGILADA

LA SOLUCIÓN EN EL OMBLIGO

LA VENUS DE TABOGA

LA SALAMANDRA

VIENTOS DEL NORTE

LA VINDICACIÓN DE OMAR

EL ABRAZO

DEL LIBRO FÁBULAS URBANAS

OBRA PICTÓRICA

ABSTRACCIONES

AMAZONAS

CRISÁLIDAS

DIBUJOS

FIGURACIONES

FORTUNA

ONÍRICA

LÚDICA

ORÁCULOS

DADORAS

NINFAS

OCEÁNICA

ORGÁNICA

DEL LIBRO DECIR LA PIEL

BIOGRAFÍA

 

 

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