Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Art Exhibit: Blackness in Latin America_Negritud en Latino America

Blackness in Latin American Art (Influencias en el Arte Latinoamericano)
The idea for this project came from an investigation made by Carlos Solis (Contrapunto’s founder) as a result of this investigation Carlos created a painting based on the historical character Pedro Camejo. Pedro Camejo was born in San Juan de Payara in 1790 in Venezuela and died in battle in Campo Carabobo, Venezuela in 1821. Pedro Camejo, better known as Negro Primero or The First Black was a Venezuelan soldier who fought in the rebel army during the Venezuelan War of Independence, reaching the rank of lieutenant. The nickname of Negro Primero was inspired by his bravery and skill in handling spears, and because he was always in the first line of attack on the battlefield. The nickname is also attributed to Camejo’s being the only officer of color in Simon Bolivar’s revolutionary army.
Carlos Solis and the members of Contrapunto discussed the African influence in Latin America and their own work and the possibility of creating an exhibition of artwork that focuses specifically on the African influence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Many of the artists of Contrapunto had already been creating artwork about the subject matter along those lines because the African influence is ingrained in the culture of many Latin American and Caribbean countries. This exhibition recognizes the long overlooked African history and influence present in Latin American countries. The exhibition illustrates a very real connection between Latin Americans and the massive contribution that Africa have made to music, food, dance, language, and art in the Americas as well as the Caribbean.
The members of Contrapunto; Jorge Arcos, Stanley Bermudez, Pedro Fuertes, Dora Lopez, and Carlos Solis would exhibit their work along several Afro Latino artists like Alex Mendoza, Jose Peña, Juana Valdes, Dio-genes Abreu, Ismael Checo, Luis Sphenberg and Cuban guest artist Reinaldo Vargas. The range of media and techniques in this project goes from drawing, painting, mixed media, and installation.

Exhibition Opening Reception

October 17, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Lamar Dodd School of Art
Lamar Dodd School of Art
270 River Rd.
Athens, Ga. 30602
Contact: Katie Geha 773-965-1689
 "Negritud in Latin American Art" in Gallery 101

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Painting: The Last Stand

"The Last Stand"
48" x 36"
oil on Canvas

This painting is dedicated to the amazing Inca culture in Peru.

Thursday, September 11, 2014