Latino Art Featured in Joint Exhibition with Latino Art Museum of Pomona

Santa Ana, CA, October 24, 2008 --( Santa Ana College (SAC) announces the “Latino Art Museum Invitational” art exhibit featuring four highly regarded Latino artists. The exhibit runs through Saturday, November 1, at the SAC arts gallery at the Santora Building, 207 North Broadway, Suite Q, in the Artists Village in Downtown Santa Ana. Gallery hours are Thursday through Saturday, noon to 4:00 p.m.

“We formally introduced this partnership between two local art districts—the Santa Ana Artists Village and the Pomona Arts Colony—and the Latino Art Museum at an opening reception held earlier this month,” said Phil Marquez, interim gallery director for Santa Ana College. “These are four accomplished artists and we are excited to showcase their works at the SAC Arts Gallery at the Santora Building which continues to be an excellent outreach venue.”

The featured artists are Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin, Mariana Montes-Shaw, Ramon Ramirez and Rigo Rivas.

Pasadena resident Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin, is a painter, mixed media artist, and printmaker who uses indigenous, Mexican and Chicano iconography to create paintingsand assemble sculptures representing “Beauty and Struggle of My People.” She strives to demystify art by often using common materials such as maps, old cabinet doors, canned food labels, and old dolls. A native of East Los Angeles who has been characterized as an “artist for justice,” Aparicio-Chamberlin was among those honored during Latino History Month in 2007 by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for her achievements.

Rancho Cucamonga resident Montes-Shaw, a native of Uruguay and the daughter of the painter Jose Luis Montes, grew up in an artistic environment. While attending medical school in the eighties she continued painting portraits, bouquets and figures. “During the last 10 years the Master Guillermo Fernandez gave me the elements to start my own abstract work. The last several years I have been emphasizing…the appearance of a new world composed by signs and symbols from within.”

Pico Rivera resident Ramirez, an architect and artist, paints the “built environment, specifically that of the Los Angeles Metropolitan area.” Growing up in East Los Angeles, Ramirez created chalkboard murals throughout his high school campus. He began to formally explore painting while studying architecture at University of California, Berkeley. He draws his inspiration from many sources—Mexican muralists, American abstract expressionists, Chicano and Mesoamerican art, as well as music and architecture. “I paint the urban environment, not to replicate it, but to digest it and to understand the trends and social conditions that it generates.”

“Most of my paintings tell a story of the people I grew up with in El Salvador,” said Hemet resident Rivas in his artistic statement. “Some were friends, some were relatives, and others were just people I saw frequently in the streets. In those days life was much simpler. It seemed that everybody had more time to relax, get together, or celebrate something. These memories first inspired me to paint. More recently, my inspiration has come from my thoughts and feelings towards the uneasy times we live in.

“The moral decay of society and the indifferent attitude of the majority are making the world a hostile place; this has given me something to reflect on and incorporate in my work.” Rivas’ work now includes commissioned oil, acrylic and pastel portraits.

For more information about this exhibit, which will close with a gala reception on Saturday, November 1, at the conclusion of the November Artists Village Artwalk, call Phillip Marquez at 714-564-5627.

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