A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting artists Miguel Calderón and Yoshua Okon, the former joint owners of the art gallery La Panadería and two of the biggest stars the Mexican art world has produced as of late.
Converted from a bakery, La Pandería was one of the first of its kind in the early 90’s — it was a non-profit space that encouraged the new, experimental work of young artists and its memory is a testament to the fusion of rebellious, non-conformist art and lush parties that can now be found in galleries all over Mexico City.
Calderón and Okon fell out and disbanded the gallery, but the careers of both have soared. Okon just had a showing of recent pieces at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil. And I interviewed Calderón here about his own rise.