1. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT attends: ‘A Tribute To Emigdio Vasquez’, From the Artists of OCLAN (Orange County Latino Artist Network) opening reception 2014

    CAM:
    On Saturday, March 1st, 2014 I attended the opening reception to 'A Tribute To Emigdio Vasquez', From the Artists of OCLAN (Orange County Latino Artist Network) at the Orange County Center For Contemporary Art (OCCCA) in the city of Santa Ana, California. Which will run March 1st-29th 2014.

    Emigdio Vasquez - (Left) “Hard Times” 36x46 1973 (Right) “Felix Camp” 30x36 1974


    The opening reception took place during the monthly Downtown Santa Ana Artwalk and my focus was on attending the exhibition at OCCCA to view the wonderful artworks by the Latino artists who were participating. Especially Mr. Emigdio Vasquez's artworks that were accumulated for his tribute. Previous to this showcase I had only been able to view his works individually in group shows and examine the murals he has created in the city of Orange, California. So partaking in this exhibit was a priority for me to survey the artist work. Walking into the gallery I first came upon two large majestic artworks by Emigdio. “Hard Times" from his Street Scenes series and "Felix Camp" from the Workers series. Which were impressive pieces to be received in with at the Orange County Center For Contemporary Art (OCCCA) space.
    Emigdio Vasquez - “A Sunday Afternoon at the Harmony Park” 20x35 1999


    Once in the main gallery at OCCCA I took notice that the weekends precipitation did not keep away people for the 'A Tribute To Emigdio Vasquez' exhibition. Which was healthily attended by supporters of the Chicano masters contributions to the movement. The exhibit did not just consist of Emigdio Vasquez's artworks, other participating exhibiting artists were:
    Jess Valenzuela, Abram Moya Jr, Matthew Barrios Southgate, Jose Lozano, Ben Valenzuela, Henry Godines, Rosemary V Tuthill, Gregg Stone, and Guillermo Avalos. Reception festivities included a live performance by the band Manos De Fuego, they covered some classic Santana tunes while I was in attendance and kept the atmosphere upbeat.
    Jose Lozano - “The Red Balloon Lounge” 2013


    It was also terrific to see my friend Jose Lozano’s artworks that were included in the show, and artist Henry Godines' fascinating, “5:30 PM Going Home" an Oil on masonite painting which had drawn me in with its surreal qualities. I contemplated on its subject matter and his attention to detail for sometime. Prior to leaving I even made a return trip to that specific artwork to bask in Mr. Godines' panel for another moment.
    Henry Godines - “5:30 PM Going Home” Oil on masonite panel 20x28 inches


    The main gallery at OCCCA housed the majority of Mr. Emigdio Vazquez's artworks in the exhibition. Recollecting, all the works in the A Tribute To Emigdio Vasquez were original paintings, from his many different series he has created through the decades as a professional artist. Walking through the exhibit each of Mr. Vasquez's paintings became more engaging and as a whole narrated a much broader account of his lifes work. My favored Emigdio Vasquez's artworks in the tribute exhibition had to be, “A Sunday Afternoon at the Harmony Park”, in which the artist has depicted the Pachuco culture in celebration, and “Operation Gate Keeper”, where he presents one of the many obstacles the undocumented face while in search of financial stability. In addition, both were prime examples of the artist signature style.
    Photo of Manos De Fuego live performance at ‘A Tribute To Emigdio Vasquez’, Orange County Center For Contemporary Art


    I would like to thank artists Emigdio Vasquez, Rosemary Vasquez-Tuthill, Jose Lozano, Henry Godines and Stephen Anderson, Executive Director at Orange County Center For Contemporary Art (OCCCA) for the opportunity to share artwork in the exhibition.

    For more information on 'A Tribute To Emigdio Vasquez', exhibition visit: www.occca.org
    Emigdio Vasquez - “Operation Gate Keeper” 22x55 1994


    More images visit: CHICANO ART MOVEMENT/Facebook page

     

  2. chicanoartmovement:

    Available for purchase: JOSE LOZANO - “La Marisoul” limited edition Serigraph


    CAM:
    Art collectors, museums and music enthusiast! My friend Chicano artist Jose Lozano is set to release his half of the edition of his “La Marisoul” print, which was produced at Self Help Graphics & Art in Boyle Heights, California by Master printer Jose Alpuche.
    The print first debuted at the Self Help Graphics & Art Print fair in July 2013.

    Info:
    Artist: Jose Lozano
    Title: La Marisoul
    Signed and numbered
    Medium: 7-color Serigraph
    Dims: 16x22in (image size)
    Edition size: 58 with 5 artist proofs
    Date: 2013


    For those of you not familiar with the artist La Marisoul, she is the lead singer of the L.A.-based band La Santa Cecilia.


    I visited Lozano at his home and took all the close up shots myself of the serigraph. The print is impressive in person with Jose’s always vibrant color palette, and the details in the artwork makes you want to gaze at it for hours.
    Lozano also mentioned to me La Marisoul has two of these prints in her collection.


    If you are interested in purchasing a “La Marisoul” limited edition print directly from the artist here is your opportunity.

    Email Jose Lozano at elquepinta@yahoo.com
    Mention CHICANO ART MOVEMENT tumblr blog or CHICANO ART MOVEMENT Facebook page when purchasing and receive the Chicano discount.

    Still available
     

  3. Robert Palacios - ‘Small guns’, 2013 acrylic on panel 9x12.5 (showcased at ‘Slice of Life’ solo exhibition, Chimmaya Gallery 2013)

    CAM:

    About a month ago Anita had sent me an email which consisted of a showcard for Robert Palacios’, 'Slice of Life' exhibition at Chimmaya Gallery. The showcard contained the painting above entitled, "Small guns" as one of the images promoting Mr. Palacios exhibition which took place in Los Angeles, California from November 10th - December 4th, 2013. Anita had asked if I could recognize who the portrait appeared to be, which I could not at the time. She thought it resembled our friend Chicano artist Jose Lozano. I was aware Jose Lozano and Robert Palacios were friends, but I was still unsure it was a Lozano inspired portrait. A couple weeks after Anita’s first email I received a second from her with a post attached confirming in Jose Lozano's Facebook timeline the "Small guns" was indeed a portrait of him, along with the gist of the conversation that had inspired Robert's creation.
    Fast forward to when we visit Robert PalaciosSlice of Life' exhibition during Thanksgiving break and find the artist in attendance.

    Read here: CHICANO ART MOVEMENT visits: Robert Palacios ‘Slice of Life’ at ChimMaya Gallery 2013.

    That is when we had the opportunity to view the Jose Lozano inspired piece and reaffirm the story that sparked Robert's imagination first-hand at Chimmaya Gllery in late November 2013.
    After listening to Robert's account and taking delight on how the "Small guns" piece came to fruition I asked Mr. Palacios for permission to share his artwork and its story.


    Artwork and story courtesy of artist Robert Palacios. Thank you Robert!


    via Robert Palacios:
    "My inspiration for ‘Small guns’ was inspired by a conversation I had with Jose Lozano about 6 months ago prior to the show I had at ChimMaya Gallery ’ Slice of Life’ we had a deep discussion based on being chosen to do a commissioned art piece and how to charge the client additional fees for changes in the sketch phase or during the painting process, Jose explained
    to me he had a hard time charging a client additional cost, I explained to him ,when there is a request for a change it takes more of your time and more of your time is vaulable to you, so you must bring out the big guns and Jose’s response to me was ” will i’ll stick to my small guns”…. and soon as heard those words a vision poped in my head and ‘Small guns’ was born.”


    More info on Robert Palacios and his art visit: www.robertpalacios.com

     

  4. Available for purchase: JOSE LOZANO - “La Marisoul” limited edition Serigraph


    CAM:
    Art collectors, museums and music enthusiast! My friend Chicano artist Jose Lozano is set to release his half of the edition of his “La Marisoul” print, which was produced at Self Help Graphics & Art in Boyle Heights, California by Master printer Jose Alpuche.
    The print first debuted at the Self Help Graphics & Art Print fair in July 2013.

    Info:
    Artist: Jose Lozano
    Title: La Marisoul
    Signed and numbered
    Medium: 7-color Serigraph
    Dims: 16x22in (image size)
    Edition size: 58 with 5 artist proofs
    Date: 2013


    For those of you not familiar with the artist La Marisoul, she is the lead singer of the L.A.-based band La Santa Cecilia.


    I visited Lozano at his home and took all the close up shots myself of the serigraph. The print is impressive in person with Jose’s always vibrant color palette, and the details in the artwork makes you want to gaze at it for hours.
    Lozano also mentioned to me La Marisoul has two of these prints in her collection.


    If you are interested in purchasing a “La Marisoul” limited edition print directly from the artist here is your opportunity.

    Email Jose Lozano at elquepinta@yahoo.com
    Mention CHICANO ART MOVEMENT tumblr blog or CHICANO ART MOVEMENT Facebook page when purchasing and receive the Chicano discount.

     


  5. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT attends opening reception: HEART OF EAST L.A. - Selected prints from the Self-Help Graphics Art collection, at L.A. Print Space, March 19, 2013.

    imagePhoto from outside gallery (Artwork) left: Esther Hernandez, right: Diane Gamboa

    CAM:
    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.
    imageArtist 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.
    imageFront 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.
    imageJose 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
    imageRichard 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.

    image(Left to Right) Artist: R.R., Favianna Rodriguez & Chaz Bojorquez


    exhibit runs from March 19 - May 3

    More images @ CHICANO ART MOVEMENT Facebook page


    More exhibition information visit: Los Angeles Printmaking Society

     

  6. SELF HELP GRAPHICS ARTISTS INCLUDED:
    José Ramirez
    Linda Vallejo
    Alfredo de Batuc
    Leo Limón
    Michael Amezcua/Alex Alferov
    Sam Baray
    Ixrael
    José Lozano
    Diane Gamboa
    William Acedo
    Chaz Bojorquez
    Gronk
    Salomón Huerta
    El Mac
    Miyo Hernandez
    Yolanda González
    Ixrael
    Sonia Romero
    Chaz Bojorquez
    Vincent Valdez
    Miguel Angel Reyes
    Favianna Rodríguez
    Rigo Maldonado
    Artemio Rodriguez
    Richard Montoya
    Shizu Saldamando
    Margaret Sosa
    Carlitos Gonzalez / José Alpuche

    more info visit: Los Angeles Printmaking Society

     


  7. CHICANO ART MOVEMENT 5 with 1: JOSE LOZANO

    Jose Lozano - 8x8 piece from Avenue 50 studio’s Benefit Art Auction 2012


    CAM:
    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

    CAM:
    1) Favorite Mexican or Mexican-American actress or performer?

    Jose Lozano:
    Can I choose more than one?

    CAM:
    As many as you like.

    Jose Lozano:
    Ofelia Medina and María Antonieta


    CAM:
    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) ?

    Jose Lozano
    Los Tres Grandes - Jose Clemente Orozco


    CAM:
    3) Best carnitas in Los Angeles?

    Jose Lozano:
    Los Cinco Puntos in East Los Angeles.


    CAM:
    4) Entertainment wise what do you prefer Music, Film, literature or Television?

    Jose Lozano:
    Film, Foreign.

    CAM:
    Recommendations?

    Jose Lozano:
    Federico Fellini - La Strada


    CAM:
    5) Favorite museum?

    Jose Lozano:
    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”.

     

  8. 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.

     

  9. Monstruos del Print: December 8th 2012 @ Self Help Graphics

    (Source: paperdollsteph)

     

  10. 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.

     
     


  11. Chicano Art Movment attends: Open Your Eyes/ Abre Los Ojos @ The Muckenthaler Cultural Center - Opening reception

    CAM:
    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.

    More photos for your viewing pleasure @ CHICANO ART MOVEMENT FACEBOOK

    The Muckenthaler Cultural Center
    1201 West Malvern Avenue
    Fullerton, California 92833

     

  12. 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
    Scholarship.

    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.”