87. RUBÈNCITO - portrait painting by Lisa Sonora from the series 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary


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One of my lockdown tasks: finally get around to cleaning and organizing random piles of paper.

It’s mostly business related stuff: travel receipts, teaching notes, lists.

But since I’m an artist who uses a lot of collage ephemera, one of the job hazards is collecting too much random paper because it can be made into something. Scrap paper is actually an art supply.

Anyway, I came across this childhood photo of my friend, Rubén. His photos was pasted in his library card, from where he went to school in Mexico City.

I painted this off the photo, and then took a snaps of both and sent him a message letting him know of the treasure I found. He and I launched a used bookshop together in the  historic center of Oaxaca, Mexico back in 2012.

I’m going to frame his library card and the portrait for him to hang in the bookstore. I’ve been so worried about him and his bookshop, hoping the shop can survive the shutdowns.

This portrait is from the series, 100 Portraits in 100 Days: A Quarantine Diary. 

What began as a creative challenge to focus my energies during the first weeks of solo quarantine in March 2020, evolved into a diary of my experience. 

These small, original portraits are painted on top pages cut and upcycled from my sketchbooks.


Materials: Acrylic, Ink, Wax, Graphite on Paper

Size: 5 X 7 Inches (13 x 18 CM)


This is a signed and authenticated original painting by Lisa Sonora.


Original paintings can be purchased now, but won’t ship until late Summer of 2021, from the USA (possibly later) due to travel restrictions. (The paintings are currently in Mexico.) You’ll be notified before your piece ships.

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