Visitors to the University of Houston-Victoria this month will notice new art lining the hallways. Ruben Medellin, whose paintings were first shown at UHV last year during Hispanic Heritage Month, is the featured artist in an exhibit currently on display on the second and third floors of the University Center building.
A Victoria native, Medellin developed an interest in painting while still in high school. The exhibit at UHV showcases portraits from the last 20 years of his artistic career, spanning a variety of styles and interests. His work has been shown in galleries in Austin, Corpus Christi and San Antonio.
“I believe art is an expression of our inner souls,” said Medellin. “In my paintings I create an illusion of what could be, like looking through a mirror at what’s on the other side.”
When not working in his studio, Medellin gives motivational art presentations at local schools. He credits a former teacher with helping him find his life’s calling and steering him out of trouble. Now he tries to give back to the community by working with youth.
The art exhibit, free and open to the public, will be on display through April 8. From April 3-8, the show will overlap with an incoming exhibit by artist Frank Aguilar. For more information, contact UHV Director of Special Projects Vic Padelford at (361) 570-4186.