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CONVERGENCE: Contemporary Mex-Xicano Art in the PNW
Past Exhibit

CONVERGENCE: Contemporary Mex-Xicano Art in the PNW

April 27 – June 3

Main Gallery

Guest curated by Dr. Lauro H. Flores

"Lion", George Rodriguez

The exhibit, "CONVERGENCE: Contemporary Mex-Xicano Art in the Pacific NW" will showcase the rich history and art that exists as a result of the Mexican migration to the Northwest.

The curator, Dr. Flores, explains that the common perception of Mexican and Chicano/a art is very limited and that he will be assembling this collection in the hopes of demonstrating the breadth and diversity of expression in contemporary artists in this community. He explains that the works included will “epitomize the diversity of our community and the range of interests and activities that have defined the evolution of a Chicano/Mexican aesthetic expression in the Pacific Northwest over the last sixty years.

Learn more in this article from The Everett Herald on April 21, 2017.

Artists Featured in the Exhibit:

Cecilia C. Alvarez
b.1950, San Diego, California

Alvarez was born in San Diego, California to a Cuban father and a Mexican mother. She was raised in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, and then briefly attended San Diego State College. In 1975 she moved to Washington State and attended Eastern Washington University from 1976 until 1981. She has resided and worked in Seattle since 1981, showing her works extensively throughout the U.S.

Alvarez nació en San Diego, California en una familia de padre cubano y madre mexicana. Creció en Tijuana, Baja California y asistió brevemente a San Diego State College. En 1975 se mudó al estado de Washington y asistió a Eastern Washington University entre 1976 y 1981.  Ha residido y trabajado en Seattle desde 1981, mostrando su obra extensamente a través de los Estados Unidos.

Arturo Artorez
b. 1940, Mexico City

Artorez was born and raised in Mexico City, where he attended the legendary Academia de San Carlos and the Instituto Artes de México. He traveled extensively (Israel, Chile, Ecuador) and had shown his work in Europe and South America before moving to Seattle in 1976, where he has continued to work as an artist.

Artorez nació y creció en la Ciudad de México, DF. Tomó clases en la legendaria Academia de San Carlos y estudió también en el Instituto Artes de México. Viajó extensamente (Israel, Chile, Ecuador) y ya había mostrado su obra en Europa y Sudamérica antes de mudarse a Seattle, en donde ha continuado su quehacer artístico desde 1976.

Paul Berger
b. 1948, The Dalles, Oregon

Born in Oregon, Berger is of Mexican and Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. He earned a BA from UCLA in 1970, and an MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop, State University of New York at Buffalo in 1973. He was professor of photography in the Art Department of the University of Washington from 1978 until his retirement in 2014. He now lives and continues to work in Bainbridge Island, near Seattle.

Berger nació en Oregon con una herencia dual: mexicana y holandesa de Pennsylvania. Obtuvo su licenciatura (BA) en UCLA en 1970 y su Maestría en Bellas Artes (MFA) en el Taller de Estudios Visuales, New York State University en Buffalo, en 1973. Fue profesor de fotografía en el Departamento de Arte de la Universidad de Washington desde 1978 hasta su jubilación en 2014. Ahora vive y continúa trabajando en Bainbridge Island, cerca de Seattle.

Fulgencio Lazo
b. 1966, El Paraíso, Matías Romero, Oaxaca

Born in the Zapotec mountains, Lazo was raised in the City of Oaxaca, where he attended the School of Fine Arts at the "Benito Juárez" Autonomous University of Oaxaca. He moved to Seattle in 1990, but still splits his time between the two cities, holding studios in both places. He has shown his works in numerous venues throughout the United States, Mexico, and Japan.

Lazo nació en la sierra zapoteca y creció en la ciudad de Oaxaca, en donde asistió a la Escuela de Bellas de la Universidad Autónoma "Benito Juárez" de Oaxaca. Se mudó a Seattle en 1990, pero sigue repartiendo su tiempo entre Seattle y Oaxaca, y mantiene estudios en ambas ciudades. Sus obras se han expuesto en los Estados Unidos, México y Japón.

Jesús Mena Amaya
b. 1976, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca

Mena Amaya studied at the Fine Arts School of the "Benito Juárez" Autonomous University of Oaxaca. In 2001 he moved to Seattle, where he has continued to work on his craft. Among other activities, he has participated in the installations for the annual Day of the Dead celebrations at the Seattle Art Museum and the Tacoma Art Museum, and his works have been exhibited in various group shows.

Mena Amaya estudió en la Escuela de Bellas de la Universidad Autónoma "Benito Juárez" de Oaxaca. En 2001 se mudó a Seattle, en donde ha continuado desarrollando su labor artística. Entre otras actividades, ha participado en las instalaciones anuales que celebran el Día de los Muertos en el Museo de Arte de Seattle y en el Museo de Arte de Tacoma. Sus obras se han incluido en varias exposiciones colectivas.

José Luis Rodríguez Guerra
b. 1953, Sabinas, Coahuila

Rodríguez Guerra moved from México to the United States as a young man. Along with his family, he worked briefly as a farm laborer and then attended Treasure Valley Community College, in Ontario, Oregon, and Boise State University, in Idaho. In Boise, he co-founded and co-owned the Art Attack Gallery. In 1985, he moved to Seattle, where he has continued to develop his art activities until today.

Rodríguez Guerra emigró de México a los Estados Unidos en su adolescencia. Junto con su familia, trabajó en las labores agrícolas durante un breve período y luego asistió al Treasure Valley Community College, en Ontario, Oregon, y a Boise State University, en Idaho. En Boise, fue co-fundador y co-propietario de la Galería Art Attack. En 1985 se mudó a Seattle, en donde ha continuado trabajando hasta hoy día.

George Rodriguez
b. 1982, El Paso, Texas

Rodríguez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He earned a BFA from the University of Texas, El Paso in 2006 and then moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where he completed his MFA in 2009. A recipient of a Bonderman Travel Fellowship, he visited 26 countries in 2010. He has shown his work throughout the PNW and beyond.  

Rodríguez nació y creció en El Paso, Texas. Obtuvo su Licenciatura en Bellas Artes (BFA) en la Universidad de Texas en El Paso en 2006 y se mudó a Seattle para continuar sus estudios en la Universidad de Washington, en donde obtuvo su Maestría en Bellas Artes (MFA) en 2009. Como ganador de una Bonderman Travel Fellowship, visitó 26 países en 2010. Sus obras se han expuesto a lo largo del Noroeste del Pacífico y en muchos otros sitios.

About Dr. Lauro H. Flores:

Lauro Flores is Professor of Chicano and Latin American literatures and cultures at the University of Washington, Seattle.  His main teaching and research interests are in Latin American and Chicano/a literature, culture, and film. He holds an adjunct appointment in Spanish and Portuguese Studies and is affiliate faculty in Latin American Studies, Jackson School of International Studies. During his tenure at the University of Washington, he has been Chair of AES, Director of the Center for Chicano Studies, Chair of Latin American Studies, and Special Assistant to the Provost.  Winner of a 2007 UW Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr. Flores has been visiting professor at Stanford University and UCLA.

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