|The site of Cristina Alvarez Magliano
Fine Art in Marquetry
These series include portraits of one or more operatic characters in a particular moment or, eventually,
just a synthesis of several themes of import in the music and staging of famous operas. In some
cases, I have adapted my style to art movements contemporary with the time period in which the opera
is set, or I have combined representational and figurative design with abstract backgrounds. However
most of the characters are of European origins (French, Italian, German, etc.) from the XIX and
beginning of XX Century, I paid also a lot of attention to an Argentinean composer whose music I
admire and love, Astor Piazzola. In 1968’s he wrote an opera called “Maria de Buenos Aires” a
tangopera (‘operita’ he said) where Maria personifies tango: her cradle lies on the banks of the vast
delta of the Rio de la Plata. That element has a significant empathy with my way of viewing things, as I
have always been very fond of dramatic female characters and music.
Maybe this is due to the first defining experiences I had as a young woman in the early years of the
cold war, trying to find her identity in a small town outside Buenos Aires. To fall in love for the first time
thinking about the atheist existentialism of Jean Paul Sartre and the strength of Simone de Beauvoir is
not common to all generations; later generations fell in love while dancing to the Beatles, that is to say,
with much more lightness and less heaviness in the heart, but not less affectionately, tenderly or
without goodness. Only, in my imagination at least, with less melodrama. On the other hand, to grow up
surrounded by traditional tango music translates into a vision of women stereotypes that ranges from a
sacrificed mother dying in poverty to a streetwalker destroying a man’s life for money.
For all that reasons the later works in the series depict women that are light, funny and, at the same
time, very provocative and sexy. None of them are real women. My pieces depict a partial vision,
among many, that come from a rich existence. But, actually, adversity, intense passion, and other-
worldly acts of courage by women all over the world are not only within de realm of fiction. I present
only one -and very personal- point of entry into that profound appreciation of womanhood which can
be shared by men and women alike.
|"Women in the Opera" and "Objects of Desire"