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Photo from outside gallery (Artwork) left: Esther Hernandez, right: Diane Gamboa
On March 19th we took a trip to West Hollywood to attend the opening reception for the Poli Marichal and Cathy Weiss curated exhibit, “Heart of East L.A.” Selected prints from the Self-Help Graphics Art collection at the Pacific Design Center. The exhibit consisted of 37 fine art prints and originals from the Self Help Graphics art collection. And for those who attended the opening reception like Anita and myself, you were gifted with a live chalk drawing demonstration by my friend, Artist Jose Lozano.
Artist Jose Lozano in action finishing up panel 1 of 2
We Arrived at the L.A. Print Space gallery around 6:00 pm, and I could see Mr. Lozano was hard at work in front of the gallery on his first panel of his two panel chalk masterpiece. After an always entertaining conversation with Mr. Lozano and being his ladder assistant, I entered L.A. Print Space gallery and was hit with a blast of color from the sensational collection of artwork.
Front Room of the exhibit
The first two prints that caught my eye were Esther Hernandez’s La Ofrenda and Diane Gamboa’s Lost and Found. The La Ofrenda print by Mrs. Hernandez is a iconic image of hers and looks spectacular in person. I always enjoy Mrs. Gamboa’s artwork and I would revel if I had one of her pieces in my collection. The next two prints I that wowed me were, Jose Lozano’s La Familia Que Nunca Fue and Richard Montoya’s Mickey Mao. I have been fortunate to see Lozano’s massive La Familia Que Nunca Fue print hung in his home, so it was special for me to view this piece in a public exhibition.
Jose Lozano - “La Familia Que Nunca Fue”
Prior to this show I had never seen Mr. Montoya’s print, but it quickly became one of my favorites in the exhibition. I even returned to the Mickey Mao print a couple times before leaving the gallery to bask in its awesomeness. Anita and I walked a couple times around the gallery to fully absorb all the great art in the exhibit. A walk around once was not enough for HEART OF EAST L.A. exhibition
Richard Montoya - Mickey Mao
The entire exhibit was visually pleasing and engaging, not just to me but to the rest of the art goers who left the gallery with a look of content on their face.
I would like to praise Poli Marichal and Cathy Weiss on their selection from the Self-Help Graphics art collection and amigo Jose Lozano for the live chalk drawing.
(Left to Right) Artist: R.R., Favianna Rodriguez & Chaz Bojorquez
exhibit runs from March 19 - May 3
More exhibition information visit: Los Angeles Printmaking Society
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SELF HELP GRAPHICS ARTISTS INCLUDED:
Alfredo de Batuc
Michael Amezcua/Alex Alferov
Miguel Angel Reyes
Carlitos Gonzalez / José Alpuche
more info visit: Los Angeles Printmaking Society
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Jose Lozano - 8x8 piece from Avenue 50 studio’s Benefit Art Auction 2012
Last week Anita and I had dinner with the exceptional artist known as Jose Lozano, being my favorite artist I always jump on the chance to congregate with him when possible. Conversation is always interesting with Lozano, with a wide array of topics from Gilligan’s Island’s, Mrs. Howell to Old master Caravaggio. I also gain insight from him on the Chicano art movement that I can not learn in books through our conversations. Which is a delight for me to ascertain Chicano art knowledge from a firsthand account. This was friends having dinner and I did not go reporter on Jose and do a in-depth interview, so I thought it would be an honor for me to have him do my second installment of 5 questions with 1 artist. After some good BBQ and a couple shots of reposado I hit Lozano with my questions. Enjoy!
Jose Lozano gave me this what he and I called a “Artist Proof”, a hand embellished T-shirt para mi Christmas 2012. Muchas Gracias Lozano.
I NOW PRESENT YOU WITH CAM’s 5 WITH 1: Jose Lozano
1) Favorite Mexican or Mexican-American actress or performer?
Can I choose more than one?
As many as you like.
Ofelia Medina and María Antonieta
2) Los Tres Grandes (Jose Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros) or the original Los Four (Gilbert “Magu” Lujan, Carlos Alamaraz, Frank Romero and Beto De La Rocha) ?
Los Tres Grandes - Jose Clemente Orozco
3) Best carnitas in Los Angeles?
Los Cinco Puntos in East Los Angeles.
4) Entertainment wise what do you prefer Music, Film, literature or Television?
Federico Fellini - La Strada
5) Favorite Museum?
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
3in. x 4 1/8in. Ink and pencil drawing on paper from “A Wedding Tale” series
I would like to thank Lozano for having dinner with us and for the awesome Navidad gifts. Jose Lozano has a some terrific upcoming projects in the works for the near future, stay tuned. I wish I could reveal, but he threatened to chop my finger off if I divulged any information. I did get Jose’s blessing though to disclose that he is in the early planning stages for an art print of front mujer La Marisoul from “La Santa Cecilia”.
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My Christmas tree with a original handmade Jose Lozano “Luchador” ornament
CHICANO ART MOVEMENT blog wishes all you a very Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, and Happy Hanukkah in 2012.
Monstruos del Print: December 8th 2012 @ Self Help Graphics
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Latinopia Art José Lozano
Jose Lozano is an artist based in Fullerton, California whose works include paintings, murals and serigraphs. He works in “series” of drawings or paintings which include “luchadores” (wrestlers), paper doll cutouts, pelelles (puppets) and more recently sushi bar environments that juxtapose classic Japanese wall paintings with socializing Chicanos. Latinopia caught up with him at the Fremont Art Gallery in South Pasadena where his works were on exhibit. This video was produced, is owned and copyrighted by Barrio Dog Productions and is posted on vimeo and Latinopia.com by permission.
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On August 30th, I attended the opening reception of my friend, artist, and curator Jose Lozano’s curated exhibit Open Your Eyes/ Abre Los Ojos at The Muckenthaler Cultural Center in Fullerton C.A. It is always a delight to talk Mr. Lozano, he always leaves me with my sides aching from so much laughter from the stories he gifts me with.
Ixrael - Transfiguracion Ficticia 2002 Giclee
Arriving early to the venue there was already a hustle and bustle brewing. Entering The Muckenthaler galleries it was great to see so many artgoers showing Jose support and enjoying the fantastic artworks he curated for the Open Your Eyes/ Abre Los Ojos exhibition.
Wall of: Gronk, Robert Palacios, Diane Gamboa, Jose Lozano and Barbara Carrasco
My expectations of the Open Your Eyes/ Abre Los Ojos exhibition was that there would be a handful of good artworks to view, but I was blown away by the pieces hand picked by curator Jose Lozano. Many of the pieces exhibited are what would be considered “Museum pieces.” The artworks chosen Mr. Lozano complimented each other and made this a visuallly satisfying exhibition.
Roberto Gutierrez - Not Yet, 2005 - acrylic on canvas
It was also a special treat to see a few of the collectors who lent their artworks in attendance. It is always interesting for me to see what type of person and who collects Chicano art.
One of the non-artwork related highlights for me was meeting Chicano great Gilbert “Magu” Lujan’s son.
The Open Your Eyes/ Abre Los Ojos exhibition has a numeros amout of different artist showing like, Salomon Huerta, Carlos Almaraz and Roberto Gutierrez.
Show runs until November 4th 2012.
There will also be Curator’s Walk Through November 1 . 6 PM, if you could not make it to the opening here is your best next chance to meet Artist and cuartor Jose Lozano.
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The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, California 92833
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Fremont Gallery FINE ART - LOZANO DE LA SOTA VALDES AUGUST 4 TO SEPTEMBER 1, 2012
Artist reception: Saturday, August 4, 2012
FREMONT GALLERY, FINE ART
812 Fremont Ave. Suite No. 100
South Pasadena CA 91030
JOSE LOZANO received his Master of Fine Arts from California State University, Fullerton. His drawings and paintings have been exhibited widely at venues that include the Museum of
Contemporary Art San Diego, UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Orange County Museum of
Contemporary Art.He has received many awards including a J. Paul Getty Mid-Career Grant in Painting and a California Arts Council Grant for Drawing and Painting.
RAOUL DE LA SOTA is Professor Emeritus in Mexican American History at Los Angeles City College. He has exhibited throughout the United States and Mexico and his artwork has been
included in exhibitions at the Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach and the UCLA Armand
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. He is the first Chicano artist to be awarded a Fulbright
RICHARD VALDES Having been raised in East Los Angeles, Richard Valdes studied at the
California Institute of the Arts, Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles. He graduated from the
institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1971. Richard has participated in several exhibitions
in Southern California. The pleasure Richard finds in his manipulation of paint displays itself in his varied brushstrokes and experimentation with texture and color. Richard explains, “My artwork is of
beauty and love, and the love of life at the moment.”
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Gilbert “Magu” Lujan - La Cutie
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center - Open Your Eyes/ Abre Los Ojos
Supported by grants from The James Irvine Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Fullerton Sister City Association
August 30-November 4
Thursday . August 30 . 6:30 PM . Opening Reception . Suggested Donation
To celebrate Fullerton’s Sister City of Morelia, Mexico, guest curator and celebrated artist José Lozano selects revered Mexican and Mexican American art centered on the state of Michoacan from private collections in Southern California. Supported in partnership with the Fullerton Sister City Association.
The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, California 92833