Last Updated on September 21, 2023

In collaboration with the Leonora Carrington Council and Caminarte Mexico Gallery, Grupo Presidente brings to El Cielo Resort (Ensenada, Baja California) the exhibition “The Hidden World of Leonora Carrington,” through January 2024. More than 20 art pieces by this famed Surrealist artist will flood the gardens of the winery with her fantastic characters captured in 10 sculptures and 10 lithographs.

The exhibition was carefully curated by Fermín Llamazares, Director of the Leonora Carrington Council, as well as Pablo Weisz Carrington, the artist’s son.  

Leonora Carrington’s incredible works have toured the world’s most renowned museums and galleries and will now grace the gardens of El Cielo Resort. Some of the spectacular bronze sculptures that can be admired and purchased are: Abrazo, Pájaro Espejo, Elefanta, La Palmista, Imagen en Tela. Among the lithographs are The Minotaur’s Daughter, The Distractions of Dagobert, Nine, Nine, Nine, Fantastic Characters, The Daghda Chair, The Last Portrait of Mrs. Patridge. 

About Leonora Carrington 

Born in 1917 in Lancashire, England, Leonora never chose to be an artist. With a set of watercolors her mother gave her as a child, painting chose Leonora. She studied drawing and painting in Florence and London and later abandoned it all and go to Paris at the age of 20, where surrealism caught her and baptized her as “The Bride of the Wind.”

In 1941, the Mexican poet Renato Leduc brought her to Mexico where Leonora found her place.  She met Edward James who supported her financially, married the Hungarian photographer Chiki Weisz, and had her sons Pablo and Gabriel.

In Mexico, the country she called her true home, she developed her artistic splendor and spent the next 70 years creating her marvelous surrealist art in painting, sculpture, graphics, textiles, and jewelry. Leonora died at the age of 94 in Mexico City

With this important artistic intervention, Grupo Presidente is honored to celebrate 12 years of the creation of the program Hospedarte, an initiative of Braulio Arsuaga Losada, CEO of Grupo Presidente, with the purpose of boosting both well-known artists as well as emerging ones to bring their guests closer contact with art.  

El Cielo Resort

Vineyards El Cielo Winery
Vineyards El Cielo Winery. Courtesy El Cielo Resort.

El Cielo Resort, an enotourism concept, is a project that includes a winery, a luxury hotel with 95 suites and villas, and is situated within a property surrounded by beautiful vineyards, olive trees and water reservoirs in the form of lakes. The resort also offers a private consecrated chapel where religious celebrations are held surrounded by several gardens and terraces with wonderful views of the mountains and vineyards. This chapel is unique to the Guadalupe Valley. 

El Cielo Resort has become an icon in the country, receiving on three consecutive occasions the recognition as one of Mexico’s 100 Must-See Places, as well as Tripadvisor’s certificate of excellence. 

Vinícola El Cielo, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2023, is located at the Valle de Guadalupe in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico’s most important wine region. It was built in 2013 with ecological functionality and energy efficiency in mind. In 2015 it received the recognition granted by the Ensenada City Council as the First Eco Responsible Company.

It has 98 hectares planted. Its mission is to produce Mexican wines with the best grapes of the region using processes and practices ensuring the highest quality, with varietals such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah, Zinfandel, Primitivo, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Grenache and Pinot Noir.  Offers tours of the vineyards and winery by booking online. 

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