SEE YOU AL RATÓN, SECO

“El 23 de febrero de 2011 nuestro querido y admirado Ernesto Seco encontró la paz que tanto merecía, pero aunque la silla vacía nos ha dejado inicialmente tristes y desolados, pues ya no tendremos el consuelo de su persona irrepetible, no sería conveniente traicionar su espíritu al prolongar el intenso dolor que origina la muerte de un ser tan auténticamente querido y entrañable. Seco hubiera querido otra cosa de nuestra parte. Tal vez superar la negación del hecho brutal de su ausencia y reconciliarnos con la gracia, la belleza, el humor, que fueron, y son, su distintivo y compañía.

Con tu viaje todas las conversaciones cobran vigencia, no solamente los diálogos compartidos, sino aquellas conversaciones que los amigos tienen en ausencia del otro. Los amigos son, sin saberlo del todo, un canal para afinar el músculo querendón y la pensante cacerola. Necesidad de lo que es, al mismo tiempo, igual y diferente. Seco, nos has acompañado y lo seguirás haciendo por lo menos hasta que nos llegue el boleto. Platicar contigo en ausencia siempre ha sido hacerlo con una forma de ser y sentir la vida que atrae por humana y singular. Un hombre inteligente con un rayo ardoroso en el corazón. Muchos te vimos incendiar el cielo y apagar el infierno. ¿Cómo y para qué darte por muerto?”

-Ricardo Castillo

Seco nació en Cuernavaca en el 58. Desde hace 15 años ha residido en Ojai, California, un pequeño pueblo montañoso al otro lado del Bravo. Aunque ahora se va mudando paulatinamente a México.

Con ambos padres maestros de escuela, desde pequeño se vió rodeado de los clásicos en música y literatura, desarrollando además una ávida pasión por el ajedrez.

Como escritor “promesa” a los 20 publicó su primer libro de cuentos cortos titulado “Zooilógico”. A pesar de su natural inicio en la creación literaria, en el taller guiado por el novelista chileno Poli Délano, Seco no se encontró consigo sino hasta que empezó a dibujar, asistiendo a las clases del pintor mexicano Gustavo Aceves. Luego de 3 años de dibujar la figura humana devotamente, Seco pintó aquella tela con la que escuchó la verdad de su vocación.

Desde entonces, pagando el precio y gozando la libertad de ser pintor, Seco se ha dedicado a pintar enteramente realizando numerosas exposiciones individuales y colectivas en los Estados Unidos y México.

Seco was born in 1958 near Mexico City. His was a family of teachers and a deep passion was cultivated from an early age for the classics in literature and music. As a promising writer at the age of 20, his first book of short stories (Zooilógico) was published by the National Institute of Bellas Artes, and after leaving the National University of Mexico, continued his literary career, receiving prestigious grants and awards for his work. Simultaneously, he performed in several positions as an editor, journalist and correspondent for numerous publications and corporations during the decade, traveling throughout his country and participating in cultural programs and political affairs.

In spite of his successful initiation as a promising, young writer, Seco did not really find himself until he started drawing. During his short career in literature and journalism, he also took life drawing classes, studying the human figure. After three years of drawing devotedly, he painted his first canvases and found the true vocation of his life. At the age of 33, after five years of studying human anatomy an the technique of materials in a self-taught way, he had his first solo exhibit at the Jardin Borda Museum.

In 1996 Seco left his native Mexico and came to the United States with his eye on its music, creating a large and impressive body of work based on classical music and the musician. From 1998 on, as guest of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, he sketched the orchestra during their closed-door rehearsals. His sketches, the origins of his paintings on canvas, are rich with an expressive and intuitive line.

Seco´s paintings engage the viewer with bold composition and an emotional dynamic born from the expression of the artist´s patience and impulse surviving each other, in his act of creation. Seco´s gesture and brushstroke capture the movement and the energy of his subject, drawing us close to his passionate vision of the life and the stillness contained.

Seco died the 23rd of february of 2011.