Arte Américas : Del Sol -- Summer Solstice Exhibit - Fresno



RUIZ GALLERY: OSCAR MAGALLANES
(Los Angeles)

If a picture tells a story, then Oscar Magallanes quietly speaks the voice of those who have lost theirs.  Historic revolutionary figures are carefully rendered with Renaissance precision and strong confident lines; and symbolic iconography educates his viewer of social injustices prevalent in modern society.

Magallanes observes that these issues and struggles have perpetuated throughout history and is not afraid to illustrate challenging and often uncomfortable social subjects in order to engage the viewer on race,  RUIZ GALLERY: OSCAR MAGALLANES
(Los Angeles)

If a picture tells a story, then Oscar Magallanes quietly speaks the voice of those who have lost theirs.  Historic revolutionary figures are carefully rendered with Renaissance precision and strong confident lines; and symbolic iconography educates his viewer of social injustices prevalent in modern society. 
immigration, homelessness and revolutionary martyrs.


Oscar is a passionate artist who edifies and captivates culture on rough-hewn wood panels in a sophisticated and subdued palette.  He applies early 16th Century symbolism and geometry to his otherwise primitive mediums, creating a conversation of the juxtaposition of society’s issues and art itself.  He is the voice of the population not represented in the contemporary art world.  Oscar re-defines social distortion with balance and beauty rendered on his panels.

 http://oscarmagallanes.com/

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FRESNO ART MUSEUM 

PARTNERSHIP GALLERY:
JEANNETTE HERRERA

(Virginia)


Jeannette L Herrera, a.k.a. Blue Face Killer, is an acrylic/oil painter pursuing her passions, moving from her home of 40 years on the east coast and now settling in, in California. Already having been welcomed with shows in LA and at the museum of contemporary art in San Diego, she hopes to reach an even wider audience for her unique view of the world.

Herrera's paintings are glimpses of a dream world populated by fantastical creatures that reflect her Peruvian heritage, personal trauma and street culture. Themes of death, survival, heroism, defiance, love, and religion flow through her work resulting in images that are direct yet enigmatic, tragic yet humorous. 
10 years of her life and the changes that have taken place not only personally but in the manner in which she chooses to express herself artistically show vividly in each piece.

"She is a Gerhardt Richterian artist in the sense that her artwork is about what interests and makes her tick, not what the critics dictate. I love the energy and drive and zeal behind her work; it's like an artistic hurricane in violent motion at all times.

I know a lot of accomplished artists, now in the October of their careers (the best time for hurricanes) who wish they could find a way to rediscover 10% of the energy and intelligence that Herrera drives through your brain with paint-stained nails in each of her paintings."
F. Lennox Campello of DC Art News and Alida Anderson Arts

www.bluefacekiller.com
www.jlherrerabfk.blogspot.com


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COMMUNITY GALLERY: 
OREE ORIGINOL(Oakland)


Oree Originol was born in
1984, and grew up in the Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood of Atwater Village. The environment was surrounded with gang violence and drug abuse was always present in the streets. 


Young Oree found his place in the mix and developed his sense of street smarts. As a youngster he would always hang out at the park but made time to focus on his art which he always had a natural skill with since childhood. It was not until later in life where he began to center most of his time and attention on his art.
In the year of 2008 he began working at Imix Bookstore in the neighborhood of Eagle Rock where he met Bay Area based members of the Trust Your Struggle Collective who where on a nationwide Trsut Your Hustle mural tour. 

A year later he decided to take a roll of the dice and move up north to The Bay in search of establishing himself in a new place where he could develop as an artist. His association with Pueblo Nuevo Gallery gave him the opportunity to meet other local artists and entrepreneurs who would inspire him and play a role in his work towards a successful artist.

In mid 2010 he decided to change up style and took on a more abstract approach. In a colorful display, an arrangement of different shapes come together to form transcendental figures. The chaotic ensemble bound in an orderly structure reflect a balance between two extremes.

 http://oreeoriginol.blogspot.com/

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COMMUNITY ANNEX:  JESUS "NUKA" ROSAS(Fresno)

This local graffiti and urban artist who featured a three-dimensional work of art in a recent "Día de los Muertos" exhibit at Arte Américas -- considered by many to be the unofficial "People's Choice" award winner of the exhibition.

Rosas' works  are painted onto wooden planks, boxes, and miniature structures that the artist has built with care and precision.  The paintings present symbols and iconography with a cultural significance, riding the line between pop art and anthropological investigation.  Upon first glance, the works appear as innocent depictions of memories and remnants from the artist's cultural heritage.  With deeper inspection, the viewer experiences intimately the subtle interplay between the wood grain, precise brushstrokes, and an impressive technique.