A continuation of my immigration theme murals here is a small project that allowed me to bring my protagonists on a journey to downtown Long Beach.Read More
Long Beach Post article on Presencia de lo Invisible mural by Stephanie Rivera.Read More
Presencia de lo Invisible
My approach to this concept started with research into family immigration narratives. These stories deal with themes of separation, reunion, humor, and loss.
The mural is a snapshot of a girl who was separated from her family and is in search of them with the help of her mystical coyote.
This art project is a practice in opening up discussions into our own origin stories and hopefully draw attention to the inhumane treatment of people only looking for a safe place to land.Read More
Exhibition on view now at the Collaborative Gallery
For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Lisa DeSmidt 562-435-ARTS ext.104 email@example.com
Stories of Boundaries Professional Artist Fellows Exhibition
Long Beach, CA— Stories of Boundaries, a culminating exhibition for Arts Council for Long Beach’s 2017–2018 Professional Artist Fellows, opens Saturday, August 18, from 6–9 p.m. The exhibition features four Long Beach artists whose work exemplify artistic merit and professional achievement. The fellows are Kristin Beeler, Jose Loza, Brittany Mojo, and Gerardo Monterrubio. Tasha Hunter, Arts Council President, said “The Professional Artist Fellow grant program helps highlight and applaud the work of our local creatives that have chosen this expressive path. I always look forward to this time of year because it brings forth welcomed excitement and anticipation for what’s to come.”
A ‘boundary’ is a real or imagined line that marks an edge or limit. Boundaries separate spaces, objects, and ideas; they mark the end of one thing and the beginning of another. The fellows use their work to tell narratives about boundaries - be they points in time or marking human experience. Arts Council Executive Director Griselda Suarez said, “This exhibition invites people to engage with their inner dialogue and inquire just how they express boundaries within various communities.”
Kristin Beeler creates contemporary jewelry, photography, and objects. Through the series Archive of Rag and Bone, Beeler explores memory and the marks and traces left behind. The work is a collection of objects and images that touch upon the seen and unseen psychological boundary of the body and memories that exist in objects.
Jose Loza explores stories of migration and the boundaries between borders, language, generations, and cultures. Loza’s interests lie in family narratives and his work tackles themes of separation, reunion, humor, and loss. Through interviews and oral histories, Loza seeks to share stories that have been previously invisible, lost or untold. Loza’s paintings serve as entry points to migration narratives.
Brittany Mojo investigates the histories of gendered work through the manipulation of material. Objects like vessels, chairs, lamps, tools, bikes, and furniture confront sculpture and craft, fine art and design and the real or imagined hierarchy between them. The work questions the boundary of the gallery in relation to the studio, the artist, and the observer.
Gerardo Monterrubio uses the ceramic medium as an anthropological investigation. Monterrubio uses forms as vehicles to compose linear and fragmented narratives. By
creating contemporary artifacts, Monterrubio seeks to understand and interpret cultural paradigms, socio-political practices, mythologies, and the human experience of the worlds that created them.
Stories of Boundaries is a project of the Arts Council for Long Beach. The exhibition will be on view at the Collaborative Gallery (421 W. Broadway) through September 28, with gallery hours Wednesday–Saturday from 12:30–5 p.m.
For more information about the Professional Artist Fellows visit our grants page. For more information about the Collaborative Gallery visit the gallery page.
New painting classes!Read More
This work is a hopeful piece calling for the reunification kids with their families. The story of kids being stripped away from loved ones is the continuation of xenophobic policies pointedly enacted by this current administration. The inhumane treatment of people seeking refuge is a sad state for our country but there is ultimately hope because of all the people opposed to these practices. #keepfamiliestogetherRead More
Singapore talks between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.Read More
Here are a series of illustrations I recently completed for Los Angeles Galaxy soccer club. The main theme of each work is Mexican Soccer star Giovani dos Santos.Read More
Registration is now open for my introductory and Intermediate Painting classes offered at Huntington Beach Art center. Learn painting fundamentals, explore new techniques, or brush up on your acrylic painting techniques. These classes are open to teens and adults.Read More
A recent portrait commission painted with acrylics paints of a young lady. I have included some information on the process of creating the portrait. My style of painting is influenced by my mural painting experience and on a portrait this size the process is similar too.Read More
Stop on by June 2nd for the First Fridays Artwalk in Bixby Knolls in Long Beach.
I will be displaying some art, doing some live portrait painting, selling some small studies and merchandise.
Expo Art Center 4321 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807
ART CENTER JUNE 2nd. 2017
Hiatus ends with an insightRead More
Poster design for Los Angeles Women's March January 21st 2017Read More
I am offering two new classes at Huntington Beach Art Center this winter term. Each class is 5 weeks long and focuses on painting with Acrylics.
Intro to Acrylics #150135-4A
January 10th to February 7th 2017. Tuesday evenings 6:00pm to 7:45pm
The course is designed to introduce the basic elements of acrylic painting. All skill levels are welcome. All students will explore the many ways paint can be handled through demonstrations and observation based painting. Instruction will be given on preparation of materials, explore color, light, texture, transparency, composition, and technique.
My second course is
Intermediate Acrylic #150152-4A
February 21 to March 21st. 2017 Tuesday evenings 6:00pm to 7:45pm
The course is designed to explore advanced techniques in acrylic painting with an emphasizing on color theory, glazing, and mixed media work. Students will work with the instructor to set up personal project goals for the term.
For more information you can visit: www.hbsands.org
In the past year I have taken up the hobby of plein air painting. It is a great way to get out of the studio and take on a new perspective. My recent concern was on how to put together a kit which is portable, lightweight, and still allowed the ability to create good work. This kit is made for painting small works in tight spaces and can be used with any dry media, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic.
There are plenty of ways to customize your own kit just as i took inspiration from other setups. This assembly is for my new watercolor painting pursuit. I love how portable the media is and plan to take it with me hiking to new areas.
My setup up is made to fit in a backpack with three separate compartments, side straps, and back straps. The exterior of the backpack will hold a water container, a fold-out stool, and shade umbrella setup.
The VEO-204 AB is my new favorite thing. It's small enough to fit inside a normal backpack yet large enough to hold or your materials while painting. A nice feature about this tripod is the light weight aluminum body, small ball head, 4 section legs with three angel options.
Tripod attachments are all made out of wood. Magnets are used to hold the palette, pencil sharpener, and water cup. Clamps hold a sketch book to the wood backing. The flat surface of the clamps do not leave an indentation on the surface of the book.
I will post more updates as I continue to work and take it on the road.
This Saturday August 6th is the opening of the Chicano/Latino Artists United for Social Justice Exhibition. I will have a couple pieces on display along with other artists.
This is a group show featuring artists:
Emigdio Vasquez, Higgy Vasquez, Enrique Brito, Rosemary Vasquez Tuthill, Josh Correa, Abram Moya Jr., James Rocha, Jess, Benjamin, Valenzuela, Mriyana Negrette, Gregg Stone, Marina Aguilera, Henry Godines, Cynthia Bustus, Matthew Barrios Southgate, Roger Reyas, Carlos Callejo, Maria Reyna, Ignacio Gomez, Federico Medina, Ricardo Duffy, Emerson Menjivar, Ronnie Ramos, Celestino Orozco, Guillermo Avalos,Jose Loza, Moises Camacho, Alicia Rojas,Cuezalin Rios, Armando Cepeda.
Curated by: Abe Moya
August 6 - September 10,2016
Public Reception: Saturday, August 6th. 6PM - 10PM
117 North Sycamore, Santa Ana, CA. 92701
The Reason for the exhibition "Chicano/Latino Artists United for Social Justice" is to express feelings and ideas through art on issues in the Chicano/Latino community that feel neglected. Art is one way to express feelings about issues without going into the streets, as we have all seen in the news media. Many strides in the Chicano and Latino community have been made. However, there is much work to be done. From education, immigration, labor to fair compensation and labor of women in the workplace, and to address the overall historical injustices done to the Chicano and Latino. This exhibit is not to be negative but to educate and inspire to move forward towards a positive future. Art is just one avenue to reach that goal.
This exhibit will enrich and benefit the community by not only expressing issues but to show different art styles. The artists in the exhibition are young and old, male and female, Santa Ana residents and artists from the local area. By showcasing artists from diverse backgrounds and art styles giving them positive recognition for their creativity has rarely been shown in Orange County.
Here are some images of the recent Mural tour in North Long Beach. This tour was meant to highlight the completed murals in the 9th district.
"Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking"-Antonio Machado
This mural project is sponsored by the City of Long Beach Office of 9th District Councilman Rex Richardson. It is part of the Creative Corridor Mural project series titled Uptown Renaissance. It is painted on the Intercity Fellowship Hall buildingRead More
Long Beach Post article on my mural in North Long Beach.Read More