I'd like to announce a new exhibit I'm in titled, "Invincible" coming this summer to MarinMOCA curated by Luis Garcia. Starting July 24 and ending Sept 5, there will be an artist's reception and Art Talk, (date to be determined). This is a group exhibition of seven Northern CA artists, I'm honored to be participating with. I hope you can make it, it will be fun! I will be sending out invitations snail-mail style. If you'd like one please message me an address and I'll make sure to get one to you.
Here are a few photos of work to be shown to give you a feel for it.
Full Artist List: Juana Alicia, Edgar Arturo-Camacho, Lark Calderon-Gomez, Luis Garcia, Ramona Garcia, Manuel Ruelas and Pablo Villicana Lara.
MarinMOCA is located at:
500 Palm Drive
Novato, CA 94949
Weds - Fri 11am to 4pm
Sat & Sun - 11am to 5pm
Hope to see you there!
I made this video to show the evolution of the painting entitled, “Ixchel, Goddess of Healing (36" x 48").” Ixchel, (pronounced “E-shell,”), is a Mayan Goddess of the Moon, of Love, and many other things. She is the Mother of all of the Mayan deities and rules over the cycles of life and death. I like painting her because I have roots in the area where she is worshipped. (My father was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala and moved to the U.S. when he was a boy.) Ixchel had many responsibilities, love being what I was reaching for with this painting. I felt like an open wound over the toxicity from the last presidency, with all the hatred and negative energy being nurtured and grown within this country. I needed to paint something healing so I called on Ixchel for help. Even today, when hearing that name or seeing his image I feel very raw. Healing will take some time.
I think the rise of the BLM movement was the most important event that came out of those four years. And I consider Latinx, Asian Americans, Jewish Americans and all people of color to be included in the race battle currently underway. I know the racism, the danger my father faced as a young man trying to get by in a this country back in the late 1950's. There's a lot of room for improvement when it comes to the appalling crimes against people of color, specifically with the brutality of the George Floyd murder. But then something happened for the first time; a conviction for the killer, Derek Chauvin, a man who sworn to protect all Americans no matter our shade of skin. Finally, it felt like a turning point for race in this country. The fight for equity doesn't end with one conviction but it's a start, one I wasn't sure I'd ever see. And I find it very hopeful.
I was a little intimidated to use the great Sam Cooke's legendary song, "A Change is Gonna Come" but it felt so current to the race battle being fought today, I ended up using it and I hope that's okay. It's more of a tribute, intended to show gratitude, respect, and admiration to the man.
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