a magical voyage

Stylish Spanish artist sends Houstonians on a fantastic voyage at exclusive opening

Stylish Spanish artist sends Houstonians on a fantastic voyage

Michel Muylle, Cindy Le, Saul Fernandez
Michel Muylle, Cindy Le, Saúl Fernandez.  Photo by dabphoto
Cristobal Toral, Liliana Molina, Marisa Oropesa, and Mauricio Vallejo
Artist Cristóbal Toral, Liliana Molina, Marisa Oropesa, and Mauricio Vallejo.  Photo by dabphoto
Brian Spack and Carolyn Farb
Brian Spack and Carolyn Farb.  Photo by dabphoto
Marsha Loring, Debby Stanton, Cody Soutar, and Alan Stanton
Marsha Loring, Debby Stanton, Cody Soutar, and Alan Stanton.  Photo by dabphoto
Mauricio Vallejo, Carolyn Farb and Brian Spack
Mauricio Vallejo, Carolyn Farb, and Brian Spack.  Photo by dabphoto
Cristobal Toral
Cristóbal Toral explains his work.  Photo by dabphoto
Art of the World Gallery
Art of the World Gallery.  Photo by dabphoto
Michel Muylle, Cindy Le, Saul Fernandez
Cristobal Toral, Liliana Molina, Marisa Oropesa, and Mauricio Vallejo
Brian Spack and Carolyn Farb
Marsha Loring, Debby Stanton, Cody Soutar, and Alan Stanton
Mauricio Vallejo, Carolyn Farb and Brian Spack
Cristobal Toral
Art of the World Gallery

What: Opening of The Permanent Voyage art exhibition 

Where: Art of the World Gallery

The scoop: Noted Spanish artist Cristóbal Toral recently opened his first ever exhibition in Texas at Houston’s critically acclaimed Art of the World Gallery. Titled The Permanent Voyage, this exhibition of Toral’s work takes art aficionados on a journey through time and space, inspiring conversation around his unique artistic influences and politically charged issues like immigration. Noted for his use of pictorial and magical realism to portray the journeys through life that we all lead, Toral and his works are characteristic of the diversity and inclusion that Houston itself embodies.

Toral’s works filled with his quintessential motif – luggage – proved most captivating to the attendees at the exhibition launch. As a tangible representation of the journey, and without distinctly displaying a beginning and ending, Toral imparts elements of the human experience on everyone, regardless of race, religion, status, or ethnicity. 

Armandos – enlisted to provide levity and excitement for the evening – supplied light bites and passed hors d’oeuvres of tuna tartare on a crispy wonton shell with creamy avocado; toasted bruschetta topped with slow-cooked pork carnitas; shredded chicken mole sopesitos atop black bean puree; and endive stuffed with smoked salmon, goat cheese, and fried capers. Edrington Group provided a selection of Tequila Partida for guests to sample, in addition to champagne and wine.

Who: Cristóbal Toral, and his wife Marisa Oropesa; Art of the World Gallery owners Liliana Molina and Mauricio Vallejo; Carolyn Farb, Joann and Bill Crassas, Phyllis Ashley, Parris Beverly, Rosanna Andreoli, Santiago and Cecilia Pacheco, Franck and Dorene Herzog, Luis Ruiz, Ellen and Tony Williford, Bill Krewson, Diane Angel, and Carlos Zubizarreta.