Hispanic/Latino: Thriving through the Art

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Hispanic/Latino: Thriving through the Art



Hispanic/Latino: Thriving through the Art 

In celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month, The Hall of Fame Art Gallery at Bronx Community College, in collaboration with Bronx Latin Art Project (BLAP) presents:
“Hispanic/Latino: Thriving through the Art,” an art exhibition in celebration of the Hispanic Heritage Month, curated by Tami Tanaka-Kuwashima and Ezequiel Jiménez. 

Featuring works from emerging and established artists to showcase their valuable contribution within the Hispanic/Latino art community and its cultural legacy across America. The exhibition includes the works of artists such as Amanda Menezes, David Ulloa, Katherine Emely Gómez, Livia Nieves, Maggie Hernandez, Sandra Mack-Valencia and Ezequiel Jiménez. Artworks include a variety of artistic expressions in painting, drawing, collage, photography, digital media, illustration and multimedia.

The Latin American and Caribbean countries have an extensive history, giving rise to iconic artists such as Oswaldo Guayasamin (Ecuador), Rafael Tufiño (New York-Puerto Rico), Fernando Botero (Colombia), Guillo Pérez (Dominican Republic), Wifredo Lam (Cuba) and Frida Kahlo (Mexico), just to mention a few. Similar to these renowned maestros in the arts, the participating artists featured in this exhibition are inheritors of a vast cultural root originated in Latin American. Their artworks are being enriched within the diversity multicultural communities of the great City of New York where they live and work.

The courage of these new and established artists are much appreciated and have shown us through a combination of their talent and academic preparation to demonstrating that Hispanic/Latino heritage in the United State is a strong devotion.

A reception with the artists will be held on Friday, Oct. 17th at 6:00 pm; free and open to the public. The Hall of Fame Art Gallery-Bronx Community College is located at 2155 University Ave., Bronx, NY. Exhibition running from Sept. 29th to Oct. 22nd of 2014; gallery visit hours, Monday – Thursday from 11 am to 3 pm. Friday – Sunday by appointments with three days in advance.


Amanda Menezes | www.amandamenezesss.wix.com/amanda
Born in Queens, New York; studied at The Fashion Institute of Technology of State University of New York, Manhattan, New York (BFA, 2010), and Lehman College/The City University of New York, Bronx, NY (MFA, expected 2015); lives and works in New York City. Menezes’s artworks include emotional and figural paintings, which explore the relationships between animals and the environment, artistic interpretations and graphic aspects; all inspired by popular media and culture. Energized by the fast and industrial elements of the city, the various shapes, colors and sizes of the buildings reflect the abstract geometric shapes that envelop her painted backgrounds. Growing up in Queens, Amanda developed a love for drawing and painting animals. Dogs and cats are used as the subjects for her paintings in an attempt to portray their instinctual perspective.

Maggie Hernández | www.paintedplane.com
Born in Manhattan, New York; studied at The Fashion Institute of Technology of State University of New York, Manhattan, New York, and Hunter College of The City University of New York, Manhattan, NY; lives and works in New York City. Hernández artwork is intuitive and highly influenced by her immediate surroundings. The intention in her work is to visually capture a moment in time. These moments often reflect the power of untamed emotion and color; a break from socially imposed neutrality. Her work is published in F.I.T.’s Icon 1996, and was featured in BAAD! Ass Women 2002, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance; and are privately collected in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Georgia, Florida, Montana, Chicago, Colorado, Washington State, and California & was acquired by Citibank for the Office of former CEO, Vikram Pandit.

David Ulloa | www.davidulloa.com
Born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; studied at New York City College of Technology of The City University of New York, Brooklyn, New York (BTech, 2008), and Bronx Community College of The City University of New York, Bronx, NY (AAS, 2006); lives in Yonkers, New York. Ulloa’s work is the result of a combination of his artistic talent and skill to draw as well as the use of computer graphic software. He passion for the arts stared at his hometown when he enrolled at the School of Fine Arts (2002). For him, laughter is an artistic representation of joy. His work represent the different states of getting up to that natural human emotion that make us feel happy, and also some of many ways how people laugh.
Currently, Ulloa is an illustrator and senior interactive digital designer who work at Amazon.com

Katherine Emely Gómez | www.katherineemelygomez.com
Born in Brooklyn, New York; studied at Lehman College of The City University of New York, Bronx, New York (MFA, 2014 and BFA, 2011); lives and works in New York City. Gomez’s artworks focuses on her personal life experiences from a fictional imagined vantage point. Gomez’s photography seeks to find ways to make the invisible visible, transcending time by playing with memories and images from her past and present in order to come to a conclusion about how her future will look. Other aspects of her work have a ghostly blur, symbolic of her former spirit and future spiritual essence. Recently she presented her solo show “Perpetual Binary” at Chashama Gallery in Harlem, New York (2014); and two group exhibits at The Gateway II, Newark, New Jersey (2013); and Living Gallery, Brooklyn, New York (2014).

Sandra Mack-Valencia | www.SandraMackValencia.com
Born in Medellin, Colombia; studied at Hunter College of The City University of New York (MFA, 2007), and Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia (BFA, 2000); lives and works in New York City.
Mack-Valencia nurtures her artwork from sources such as found images, book remarks, experiences, movies, fashion, etc. She combines photo transfer with drawing and painting. Photography references to both reality and memory, while drawing and painting allow her to bring an intuitive response to the materials and the process. Her work has been exhibited in museums and institutions in Colombia, Japan, and New York. She is a recipient of the Nathalie Angles Award (2007), The Sommerville Arts Prize (2007), and was nominated for the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant for Painters and Sculptors (2009). In 2011, her work was selected as part of the (S) Files Biennial at El Museo del Barrio in New York. In 2014 she was chosen as one of the Outstanding Antioqueños in the World, and was featured in a Colombian documentary about her art practice.

Livia Nieves | www.livianieves.com
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico; studied at Lehman College of The City University of New York, Bronx, New York (BA, 2000); lives and works in New York City. Nieves artwork is link to her cultural identity. It is usually a marriage between her drawings, photography and graphic design. Her works have been exhibited in many group show such as Lehman College Faculty Exhibit, Bronx, NY (2010, 2008, 2007); Borimix Puerto Rico Fest, CSV Cultural & Educational Center New York, NY (2009); The 11th Annual Art Show at Hudson View Gardens, New York, NY (2009); Lehman College Wilderness Exhibition, Lehman College Art Department, Bronx, NY (2009); GE’s 5th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibition, General Electric, Fairfield, CT (2011); and Women in US Historical Movements “Our History is our Strength” General Electric, Fairfield, CT 2011). Nieves has an Adjunct position at Lehman College Art Department, teaching Computer Imaging for the Web. Also, she is a graphic artist and web designer for the central office of CUNY.

Ezequiel Jiménez | www.ejimenezart.net
Born in Dominican Republic; studied at Lehman College of The City University of New York, Bronx, New York (BA, 2010 and MFA, expected 2015), and Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY (AAS, 2008); lives and works in New York City. Jiménez’s work is an exercise of his own imagination through his personal figurative abstract style, and the possibilities of the existence of some kind of life in other galaxy, with the intention to encourage the viewers to use their imagination to figure out their own interpretation. He experiments with media such as acrylic, pastel, oil, pencil, varnish, glued, gesso, canvas, fiberboard, wood, and others. His works has been exhibited in galleries, museums as well as cultural and academic institutions in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts; and oversea in Mexico, Cuba and Dominican Republic. For more of fifteen years Jiménez has shared his artistic career with cultural activism. For his hard work he has been honoree on several occasions for important institutions, most recently a proclamation by New York State Senate (2010), and proclaimed as distinguished son of the City of Santiago, Dominican Republic (2013).