The Museum of Fine Arts recently acquired Adios, Mahatma, a 1988 portrait of Mahatma Gandhi painted by influential Puerto Rican artist Domingo García (Domingo), founder of the Galería Campeche in San Juan. The portrait is a gift to the museum by the Houston-based law firm Zimmerman, Axelrad, Meyer, Stern & Wise. It will be on permanent display in the Ancient and Modern Indian exhibition.
The haunting painting shows the Indian spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi gazing resolutely outward from a dark, all-encompassing background. Domingo's expressionist tendencies are clear in the wispy white lines and emotional impact of the portrait.
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Domingo was raised primarily in New York and educated in Europe. He founded his Galería Campeche in 1958 and is considered a pioneer in Puerto Rican art.