LA-SA, Gravelmouth Gallery, 2013


San Antonio and Los Angeles are cities that with all their romanticizations are still cities that seemingly purport rigid dichotomies in their histories. The change of demographics allows for the discovery and rediscovery of their own rich culture as seen through new eyes when placed in the context of exhibitions like the McNay Museum’s Estampas de la Raza. The tie between the two cities becomes evident in many of the exhibitions featured artists originating from San Antonio and Los Angeles. Further drawing the connection, many of the prints exhibited were produced in the print studios of Self Help Graphics & Art and Modern Multiples, both based in Los Angeles.


LA-SA is the first exhibition of new and current works from some of San Antonio’s and Los Angeles’ best artists with an emphasis on the artists variety of different styles, mediums and techniques. LA-SA features eight artists, six of which are artists brought together by Estampas de la Raza. While prints are an important part of the artist repertoire, for most of the artists featured in LA-SA, with the exception of Sonia Romero’s sophisticated prints, the print is not the artist’s primary means of expression. LA-SA gives the participating artists a forum to exhibit works in their primary mediums while allowing other artists to exhibit more experimental works. Alex Rubio and Jaime Zacarias’ highly detailed paintings along with the unique paintings of César Martinez will sit aside Vincent Valdez’s Burn and Recuerdo films. The films will be shown simultaneously for the first time as the artist originally intended. Oscar Magallanes work on wood is an example of highly stylized and advanced stenciling techniques. Also it was important to augment the exhibition with San Antonio artist, David “Shek” Vega, who works primarily with aerosol and Los Angeles artist, Hacer, whose impressive works are primarily large scale origami metal sculptures. These artists not only complete the circle of mediums represented but also in representing the ground breaking work being produced by San Antonio and Los Angeles artists.


She Rides the Lion & AVE 50 Holiday Sale

Celebrating another wonderful year of art and community! 

Avenue 50 Studio, Two Tracks Studio, and She Rides the Lion cordially invite you to our
Eighth Annual Holiday Sale & Party!

Saturday, December 15th from 7:00pm to 11:00pm, and
Sunday, December 16th from 12:00 noon to 4:00pm

Original prints, paintings, photography, jewelry, and gifts
Buy direct from the following artists:

Alfonso Aceves, Anna Alvarado, Gloria Alvarez, Rafael Cardenas, 

Mita Cuaron, Jack Fenn, Sergio and Diana Flores, Emilia Garcia, 

Rosie Getz, Yolanda Gonzalez, Cidne Hart, Kevin Hass, 

George Labrada, Ronald Llanos, Pola Lopez, Jose Lozano, 

Oscar Magallanes, Lynne McDaniel, Lara Medina, Stephanie Mercado, 

Robert Palacios, Beth Peterson, Jose Ramirez, Tina Rodas, 

Nancy Romero, Sonia Romero, Jaime Sabatte, Stormie’s Art, 

Marianne Sadowski, Hector Silva, Cola Smith, Roderick Smith, 

Raquel Soto-Escobar, and more!

Avenue 50 Studio, 131 N Ave 50, Los Angeles, California 90042

Delectable finger foods, Spiced Cider, Tamales, and Good Cheer!




Cesar Chavez National Monument

I was honored to have been asked to create the commemorative poster for the Cesar Chavez National Monument Inauguration as a National Monument. Worked with Paul Chavez, Arturo Rodriguez and my good friend Alfonso Trujillo on getting the design and 10,000 copies of the posters done in a few days. Here is an image of the final poster and some shots from the day. President Obama himself oversaw the ceremony. I volunteered and ended up checking in the VIP. Some people in attendance beside many members of the Chavez family and 7,000 supporters were Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar, Mayor Marie Lopez, LA City Controller Wendy Greuel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and many others. Governor Brown was uninvited. No Joke.