We had the good fortune of connecting with Aldo Flores and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Aldo, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“Let your dreams become your reality” This quote is special for me because when I was young, I used to dream of achieving the things I have achieved now. If you want to pursue your dreams you have got to be willing to put in the work to make them happen.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started Salón dès Aztecas almost 33 years ago with the help of my team as an open, free and alternative space for young creators. The project was conceived from New York City as a reflection of the effervescence of Soho, because we considered that there is a great culture in our country and it was necessary to have a space that could house this splendor of art. Two years after its founding, it was consolidated as a purposeful space that motivated the creation of the Balmori building to show solidarity with the rescue of the Roma and the Condesa neighborhood in Mexico city, generating the creation of iconic buildings for the independent artistic movement of the city. Some of the most recent projects we worked on are the festivities for the 90 years of the painter Philip Bragar, the opening of the El Rule Cultural Center or The largest exhibition that has been mounted in the Plaza Garibaldi, in downtown Mexico city, where offerings from artists illuminated the Museum of Tequila and Mezcal and Involuntary Mexico, an exhibition that rescues the Hidalgo metro station bringing to the city one of the most important movements of the current era created by Millree hughes and Paul Connolly. The project I am most proud of has been the creation of the Salon des Aztecas and the projects that have been created within these 32 years having generated over a thousand individual and collective exhibitions and within it the discovery of hundreds of Mexican and foreign artists such as Estrella Carmona Ronzón Francis Alÿs, Luciano Spano, Enrique Cava, Filogonio Garcia Calixto, Nestor Quiñones, Laura Strane, Yardley Flores, Alejandro Arango, Jazzamoart, Rubén Rosas, Antonio Gritón… to mention a few. The lessons I’ve learned along the way have been: to become more human, more thoughtful, more understand of human behavior, to understand the love and hatred that people have for art, the value of art, to separate art from economic value and discovering an army of people who defends and loves art and to be more professional every day and every moment in my work.I would like people to remember me as a warrior and defender of pure art in the world.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In my beautiful experience of living in Mexico City- the great Tenochtitlan, the tour that I give to my friends is to visit the Anthropology Museum, the museum of Templo Mayor and an extensive tour in the historic downtown Mexico City- Tenochtitlan, to visit places like Don Chon’s restaurant, Mexican exotic food. Recognize the architecture and the mixture between the Mexica and the Western Europe that we inherited. Of course the neighborhoods of Condesa, Roma, Chapultepec located in the west center of the city, Coyoacán and Xochimilco in the south of the city. And just 1 hour from the city we have the amazing Teotihuacan, an ancient Mesoamerican a mystical and magical site with pyramids built in the pre-Columbian Americas.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my daughter Yardley Flores, my mother Juana Ruiz Magallon and my ex-spouse Laura Strane for being the pillars of my life and of course my friends Luis Vázquez, Mentor Tijerina, Poncho Aguilar and Jorge Vázquez. I am forever thankful for your friendship, time and support throughout all my projects.
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