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"Latino Art Biennale 2005"
2005-08-05 until 2005-10-01
Latino Art Museum
Pomona, CA, USA United States of America

The 2005 Latino Art Museum Biennale brings together art and artists from many Latin American countries who now reside in the United States.  Presenting a wide range of styles that exhibit the national influences of their origination, the global influences of today’s society, as well as art historical influences, these transcultured artists, with little in common beyond their desire to communicate visually with the viewer present a possible look into the future—a future where disparate people can communicate through their art, speaking to others about the commonalities in their lives regardless of culture or tradition. 

As in the art world in general, this group of Latino artists presents styles varying from the traditional to the contemporary. The influence of heritage is apparent in a few, as in Cinthya Castillo’s enhanced photo of a native dancer, Delores Haro’s Blue Angel, a fantasy painting that evokes images of a native spirit and Nora Pineda’s ceramic vessel Duenas de la Olla, that has the distinct look of a native wedding vessel, though each incorporates contemporary media, images or treatment. But our global society is becoming more homogeneous and identifiable references to ethnic origins are becoming more subtle.

The traditional style of plain air painting is apparent in Jose Luis de Juan’s view of Los Angeles’ Soto St., and in Richard Gallego’s foggy beach. But, I think the most engaging are the contemporary works that speak of the artist’s desire to probe deeply into unspoken thoughts or explore emotions or experiences that are easier expressed visually. The colorful images in Ana Genzon’s landscape, Elementos, tells us more than where these three trees grow, allowing us to create a story of this place, and drawing the viewer into a dialogue with the artist. The multi-directional planes in Luis Gomez’s, 5 Gallos, rearranges space and gives us a unique view of an ordinary barnyard, causing us to reassess what is possible. While the abstract grid of Abel Ramirez’s Urban Tapestry and the organic swirls of color in Cris Orfescu’s photographic image, Flamingo, allow the viewer to imagine a dynamic world of balance and movement. Orfescu descripes his style of work as NANOART. Cris has been a Premiere Portfolio artist at absolutearts.com since 2004. View more of his work at: www.absolutearts.com/portfolios/c/criorf

These discourses between artist and viewer expand our understanding of each other and thence develop acceptance and growth while producing hope for a better future all the while creating a beautiful art exhibition.

Cris Orfescu
Body Parts 1
19 x 13 inches
Edition of 200
US$ 295

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