Tomorrow, Sunday, November 13, KayLove and I will be painting a memorial mural for Maylin Reynoso thanks to Las Brujas. They were able to secure a wall in the LES, Rivington and Bowery, through the New Museum and the gallery On Stella Rays, during Scamming the Patriarchy: A Youth Summit.
If you didn't know her, Maylin was part of Las Brujas, an all female skater group in The Bronx. She disappeared one night in July, her family reported her missing but not much was done. After a week, they figured out that a body that appeared floating in the Harlem River days before, was her.
"Whereas white women are innocent victims in disappearance scenarios, the assumption with young black and Latina women is often that they were somehow involved in activities that led to their kidnapping or death.
Fourteen young black and Latina girls in the Bronx have gone missing since July 2014 (9 have been found). According to Bitch Magazine, despite initial concerns that their disappearances were linked to a forced prostitution ring in New York City, all of the girls were labeled as “runaways” by the NYPD. The disappearance of 14 young girls from a single borough should have gotten more attention. Instead, their disappearances have been treated largely as a mundane reality. Would the same be the case for 14 young white girls disappearing in the suburbs?"
- The Huffington Post
This year I had the privilege and luck to be part of Argonaut Resins boot at NY Comic Con. I painted live several pieces and some sold already, but if you missed it you can still get some at his website see them below!!
These are the pieces I customized this year for Argonaut Resins. Mariposa and Dragonfly are already at the NYC Comic-Con and I will join on Sunday painting live some more resin toys.
I can't wait to be there again! It's such a great atmosphere, the people, the costumes, art everywhere... It is a pretty cool experience. If you are going to be there on Sunday, come visit us at booth 404 at The Block. You won't be disappointed :)
This is the latest mural I've done, to celebrate the The Bronx Music Heritage Center will be opening a new building soon. They are on a mission to beautify the Melrose area where the new building is going to be placed. For that mission, WHEDco has partnered with BxArts Factory. We will be bringing artists to work with the community and make the area happier.
I spent a couple of days doing what I do best, creating a colorful piece of art that everyone can enjoy. Visit this mural and other beautiful murals at 163rd St and Melrose Ave, in The Bronx, New York. I had the pleasure of working with Ralph Serrano and KayLove.
I want to thank Vanezza and Allison who came out to spray some paint and they were a great help!!
With my Eye-Flowers (and sometimes Skull-Flowers) I want to send a message to the viewers, to make them reflect in what we are doing to Mother Nature. I've always been in the green side, and some of the things we are doing to this wold are already coming back to us. We can't keep trashing the oceans and burning our trees to plant transgenic soy beans. Just think about it.
This has been a very busy summer; one of the things I have done is organizing a live painting event at Boogie on the Boulevard with BxArts Factory and HeavenBound7 Sk8 Shop. Henry, the owner of the store, repurposed about 20 old skate decks sanded them and prep them to be painted. Many artists came out that day to encourage the community to be healthy and to show how every artist has a process and creativity is everywhere!
Thanks to Alex Fernandez, Alexis Mendoza, Elizabeth Ortiz, Giannina Gutierrez, Karen Pedrosa, Laura Alvarez, Leo Mojica, Louis Nieves, Natalia Zamparini, Shak Castillo, Steven McKenzie, Vanezza Cruz, Xavier Figueroa, and Yazmeen Collazo for your artistry and commitment! Because you all did an awesome job.
I will be part of this Art fundraiser for autism awareness. next April 19th at El Fogon, in the Bronx. From 2 to 7pm. Help us help others
Last weekend and this coming weekend I'm part of the crew working at the Spooky nights of the New York Botanical Garden. My friend Lucrecia Novoa asked me if I wanted to wear one of her creations. How would I resist??? I think she is a magnificent artist that lives and breathes art. Her pieces are full of life, mystery and creativity. It's a pleasure to be sharing my art and my time with four beautiful women in a wonderful place like the Botanical Garden.
As part of the “Not Your Grandma's Quilt” project we initiated earlier this year - a visual art collaboration between YUCA students and artisans in Spain from Art i Més, the quilt has made its way back to the Bronx.
The quilt will be in display this Saturday, October 26th at the Poe Park Visitor Center, from 12 to 3pm. It is located at 2640 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY.
We will be providing the materials to create two large quilts on paper and every one will be able to work on their own square based on Family and Community, same themes used in the original quilt.
So come out, create art, and support/celebrate with our youth!
Laura Alvarez is a
Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Educator, Community Activist... ARTIST!
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