Helped out Peter Marin Works with the Frida Kahlo ofrenda. #ncmafrida. The upcoming exhibition is titled Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, October 26, 2019 to January 19, 2020. Thank you Peter and NCMA enabling me to connect to my roots through papel picado, cempasúchil flowers and through the NC artist community.
I attended the North Carolina Department of Administration‘s Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibit in downtown Raleigh. Thanks to Diamante Arts & Cultural Center for the photos. Photo credit: Lizette Cruz Watko.
Corazón Espinado (2019), 12 by 12 inches, oil on acrylic. Hi everyone. The North Carolina Department of Administration accepted my painting titled “Corazón Espinado” to this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibit in downtown Raleigh. I’m highly honored that my piece was accepted and that more Latin American voices are recognized during this important month. I’m grateful for Diamante Arts & Cultural Center, Lizette Cruz Watko’s and Fiorella Horna’s guidance. The exhibition started in September 15 and will end on October 15, 2019. You can see my piece along other pieces in the North Carolina Department of Administration, 116 W Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27603. A reception will follow in the next few weeks. Details TBD. Below, I share my thoughts about what Corazón Espinado (2019) means to me: A pair of side-by-side, thorny cacti hearts represent Hispanic/Latino people’s courage, resilience, and pride. This painting pays homage to Hispanic Heritage Month's meaning. That meaning is Hispanic people’s bravery of migrating to the United States; Living in a new country requires people to adapt to new systems and to adopt a new language when integrating themselves into society. Second, the white thorns symbolize the tools that Hispanic people develop to protect themselves and their own against adversity. The cactus is a representative plant of Latin American that happens to be one of the strongest plants to survive in some of the harshest places to thrive. Finally, the pink background represents immigrant people’s happiness for remembering their roots and love for their Latin American background. Please come out and support these fellow artist as well: David Chadderton - Violent Storm. Antonio Alanis - Corazón Espinado. Manny Perez - Distressed. Natacha Sochat - Eye Guy with flower shoe. Natalia Torres del Valle - Reintegration. Clina Polloni - The Market Girl. Nora Hernandez - Long Journey Back. Jose Manuel Cruz - Vegigante 1. Socorro
Happy to announce I’ve become a Diamante DALI Fellow. I’m excited and energized to meet artist leaders from North Carolina including the Charlotte area, Winston-Salem, Raleigh, Durham and many more. Collectively, we are not only creating awareness about our multifaceted identities but also creating dialogue about the Latin American experience in terms of the change that we imagine and want to see. Fiorella and Lizette’s experience working in the arts will open so many doors to bring cultural equity to this state. Thank you and look forward to growing. @diamanteartsandculturalcenter