TRIÁNGULO Arte Americas

APRIL 21 - JUNE 23 2013

Each of the artists featured in the TRIÁNGULO group show could have been featured individually within the galleries of Arte Américas.  Their works have been featured in documentaries, and they have created grassroots organizations that leverage art to inspire activism and social change.  Presented together, the messages presented become even more cohesive and impactful.


Favianna Rodriguez   
Rodriguez is a transnational interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer. Her art and collaborative projects deal with migration, global politics, economic injustice, patriarchy, and interdependence .  

She lectures globally on the power of art, cultural organizing and technology to inspire social change, and leads art workshops at schools around the country. The artist’s mission is to create profound and lasting social change in the world through her bold and provocative art.   She also partners with social movement groups around the world to create art that is visionary, inspirational, radical and, most importantly, transformational.  

When she is not making art, she is directing CultureStrike, a magazine at the forefront of the national arts movement around immigration.  In 2009, she co-founded, a national online organizing network dedicated to the political empowerment of Latino communities.


Ernesto Yerena Montejano

Born in the small border town of El Centro, California  –-- just 15 minutes north of Mexicali and the capital of Mexico’s Baja California Norte –  the artist lived and attended school in the United States.  Most of his free time, however, was spent hanging out with his family south of the border in Mexicali. Constantly crossing the border gave him a unique perspective, and “the best of both worlds.”  He had access to the free education of the first world and the cultural richness and authenticity of the third world.  In his artwork, Montejano focuses mainly on cultural subjects and issues within the Chicano community.  He received his BA in Graphic Design and has worked as an assistant to Shepard Fairey of Obey Giant.


Julio Salgado 

The Mexican-born artist who grew up in Long Beach, California and has become a well-known “artivist” within the Dream Act movement.  Salgado, who graduated with a degree in journalism, uses his art to empower undocumented and queer people by telling their story and putting a human face to the issue. He has worked on various art projects that address anti-immigrant discourse, the issues of what it means to be undocumented, and what it means to be undocu-queer. His most recent art project was a series of satire images addressing American Apparel's use of a farm worker in one of their ads in the summer of 2011. 

Fresno Art Museum Partnership Gallery

Rituales de la Tierra y del Espíritu:  
Rituals of the Land and Spirit
Photographs by Miguel Gandert