Around May there was an open call for a special show at @rockefellercenter and I decided to send a design to represent the Bronx. I took out flag and gave it a spin... They were asking about a representation of what NY is for you...
I was selected from over a thousand submissions and some great artists are part of it. The flags will be up until August 16 at Rockefeller plaza.
I consider The Bronx my home, and since I arrived from Spain in 2009, I've been part of this multicultural community. I got inspired by the Bronx flag, where a wreath encircles the Bronck family arms (founders of The Bronx). The shield of the family arms shows the face of the sun with rays displayed rising from the sea, signifying peace, liberty, and commerce.
I transformed the rays into The BX, a familiar way Bronxites call their beloved borough.
I am a firm believer that tradition is very important in our lives. The Bronx area has a big immigrant and blue collar community. What they have in common is the manual labor, earning the bread with your hands. I always remember the older woman in my family working at home taking care of the families but also sewing, crocheting and knitting. My grandmother used to make this crochet flower mats for everything. That's the inspiration for the background flowers, that lay on top of the blue of the Mediterranean Sea I grew up looking at. On top, the flowers to remind us that Spring always come and we can look forward good times. Finally I also wanted to pay homage to the neighborhood and the borough by using the frames already on the wall to write their names.
Thank you Artbridge for this opportunity and for coordinating the whole thing. The installation took 3 full days to complete, aided by numerous community volunteers. It was funded by local council member Andrew Cohen, as part of the council’s NYC Cleanup Initiative. All paint was generously donated by Liquitex Professional. Thank you local resident Elisabeth von Uhl’s prodigious efforts were the spark plug for this project. We need more people like you.
Sometimes there are projects that happen and you don't know how much fun they are going to be until they happen. The preparation for this mural was somehow long and uncertain because of the design. We went through several sketches and I wasn't even sure if the one we went with was what the school wanted.
After all that work, my process is always “let it flow... there’s nothing wrong in art” you are working with kids, so whatever ideas you have in your head, most likely won't be what they want to do. I gave them some directions, and some of them were disregarded (like keep the hand prints in the sun) so we incorporated that in the design. I think after all, it ended up looking great. Over 30 kids participated in this community mural during period of 2 hours. They painted and wrote words that school inspired them and we all had an awesome evening.
December 2, 2017
2921 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
Artistic Social will host our First Annual Holiday Market, where artists, and crafters will gather to provide guests the opportunity to shop a wide selection of unique, hand crafted holiday gift options. I will be sharing table with an exceptional artist and mask maker, so come on Saturday and check out the art we have in The Bronx!!
From art to home decor, fashion and accessories, there will be a wide selection of one-of-a-kind items to choose from, which means guests can take pride in knowing that they will give the best presents this year.
Do you want to get a BIKE print? I will be donating a couple of those, for the Bronx Cranksgiving and they will be part of the prizes for the participants in the race.
Bronx Cranksgiving is a part bike ride, part scavenger hunt, food drive that helps feed those in need in The Bronx. Whether you choose to casually ride or race, you'll be stopping at different markets in various neighborhoods looking for specific food items that will get donated to Bronx Works and Youth Ministries for Peace & Justice. The requirements are get food and do it on a bike. All you need is a bike, a bag, a lock and some money to buy food.
Start : 2pm
For more information visit www.facebook.com/bronxcranksgiving orwww.cranksgiving.org.
I will be part of this wonderful event Saturday, March 25 from 11 to 7pm at the Bronx Library Center. 310 East Kingsbridge Rd, Bronx, NY.
I printed some of my latest illustrations and I will have some of the oldies. I will be creating greeting cards on the spot and LauraVillana will be joining me for a while. Super happy exciting!
Our Schedule is up on the Allcal App but here is the posted copy! Download the App for more details:
11:30am - 12:30pm:
Women in Comics: Reconstructing Femininity
1230pm - 1:30pm
The Comic Book Spectrum: Comics & Longevity
1:30pm - 2:30pm
Black Speculative Arts Movement Panel
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hollywood Spotlight: Alyma Dorsey & Toni Barton
3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Invisible Latinx
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Fandom Diversified: Changing Dynamics of Geek/Nerd Journelism
5:30pm - 6:15pm
New York Cosplay Network: Cosplay Showcase
6:15pm - 7pm
Rouge Alliance: Lightsaber Performance Troup Demo
WinC EDU: Comics in the Classroom
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Writing Workshop: World Building
1:15pm - 3:00pm
3pm - 4:00pm
4:00pm - 5:00pm
5:00pm - 6:15pm
Writing Workshop: Creating Dynamic Characters
Love & Friendship: Paint Nite!
Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Bronx Drafthouse, 884 Gerard Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452
You don't need any experience in painting to become an artist for one night and have fun in the process. On this night, we I host a painting class so you can learn how to recreate the art piece I created just for this event.
This time bring your partner, best friend or date and create an image using both canvases. You can display them together or separate... whatever your heart tells you!
Ticket includes a FREE drink and all art materials! At the end of the night you will take home your own creation on a canvas! At the Draft House you can order a variety of cocktails, beers and get a taste of their delicious dishes. Come with your partner, your friend, or on your own to meet other great people and network!
This month we have a special treat! During our summer months, adults and children in the community have created designs on the aprons that you will use. It is a way for them to thank you for your financial contribution! You can have this specially designed aprons! You can purchase the apron you will use this evening for only $5!
All funds collected by BxArts Factory will support our 2017 FREE programming. With your contributions we are able to purchase materials, support the artists facilitating workshops or performing and provide free of cost opportunities for community members.
You are cordially invited to my last exhibition:
Noir: Defining the Melodrama
Opening Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 5-9pm
Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | 5-9pm
Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 5-9pm
Closing Reception + First Wednesday Bronx Trolley
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | 5-9pm
Noir: Defining the Melodrama
Curator: Juanita Lanzo, Charlie Vázquez & Kimberly Vaquedano-Rose
Noir: Defining the Melodrama presents works by artists inspired by the genre film noir*. Artists in this exhibition revisit, re-imagine, appropriate and respond to iconography in noir that addresses current events, crime, urban life, gender roles, isolation and displacement through drawings, illustrations, painting, photography and video.
Participating artists: Laura Alvarez, Tyrone Brown-Osborne, Carey Clark, Alyssa Clear, Robert De Jesus, Elizabeth Glushko & Steve Pavlovsky, Daniel Hauben, Rasheed Humphrey, Patrick Jewell, Nikki Johnson, Jayson Keeling, Gabrielle Lopez, Jeanette May, Osjua Newton, Gelah Penn, Nestor Perez-Moliere, Jaime Permuth, Ethan Shoshan, Shira Toren, Nitza Tufiño, Dennesa Usher, Boo Lynn Walsh, Joe Wippler, and Michael Young.
*Film noir genre generally refers to mystery and crime drama films produced from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. Movies of this genre were characteristically shot in black and white, and featured stories involving femme fatales, doomed heroes or anti-heroes, and tough, cynical detectives. Other characteristics include low key or artificial lighting, scenes shot at night or under the rain, blurriness and voiced over narrations. The mood in noir films is often pessimistic, implying fear, treason or imminent danger.
Back in September, during the WHEDco weekend walk, BxArts Factory created a fun activity to increase the exposure of the nearby Morning Glory Community Garden. At the same time I engaged the community to help me paint the fence of the garden and beautify the space.
It was a very successful event, many members of the community came, painted and enjoyed the great space they have at the garden, hopefully we encouraged more neighbors to be part of the MGCG and will be enjoying fresh vegetables for their homes.
I am a...
Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Educator, Community Activist... ARTIST!
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