cmi mag digital Issue 4 - Page 26

VA Back in middle school when choos- ing languages to take, I chose to take french instead of spanish. Ironically that was my first real glance into hispanic culture. It was in that class, that I made friends with kids whose cultures span all across South Amer- ica, the Caribbean, and Lower North America. Venezuelan, Guatemalan, Honduran, Columbian, Peruvian, Ec- uadorian, Salvadorian, and Mexican were just a few to name. But because of this melting pot of latino students I learned some great aspects of His- panic culture. Though most of our conversations would be about gossip or whose fút- bol team was better, sometimes we would talk about their home life and culture. One thing I always admired was their use of color. Everything was always vibrant, from their food, to their clothes and their flags, and even their bright personalities. I learned that latino culture is full of rich and vivid imagery. Which brought my attention to the most beautiful and colorful aspect of their culture, they’re art. When most people think of Latino artists they usually go straight to the country of Spain, home of greats like Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, and Joan Miro, but Mexico is also a big breeder of legendary Latino artists. 26 It is the home of art contenders such as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Jose Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Oaxaca’s Rufino Ta- mayo. Sadly, in the art world being discovered in the past was not as easy as it is now. Back then it was more so based on a who knows who, and where you traveled to, to get your work noticed. Due to that it is slightly harder to find latino artist from the past that are from South America. When I reached out to my friend Ana (@sunflowerwomyn) a New York based latina artist, most known by her signature Sunflow- er head paintings, she said “Latin artists are hard to come by. Most I know are white female, and black female too.” In this generation, thanks to social media platforms such as Instagram, or simply creating your own web- site, it is easier to showcase art work for everyone around the world to see. With a simple google search you can find the work of all the rising artist in South America. Between illustrators such as Mexico’s Rafael Lopez, Colombia’s figurative artist and sculptor Fernando Botero, and Chilies feminist and humans rights advocate and artist Catalina Parra, Latino artists and art are making its way to the forefront of the art world. Boasting with color and life and pure emotion, Latino art is commonly con- temporary or pop. But with the many sub-categories of art there are plenty of artist these days where influence is easy to find. Latino teens all around the world are now pushing boundaries of how they label and create their art. “My art is surreal because obviously I do the whole flower head theme. But I try to make everything as realistic as possible if that makes sense. I don’t really know if I fit into anything right now, maybe in a couple of years I’ll know. But for now it’s a mixture of everything,” said Ana (@Sunflowerwomyn) who is putting on an upcoming showcase in Farmingda- le, New York August 13th, and will be displaying work at this year’s Trap x Art Biggie Tribute. Instagram artist like @kittynalgas, @ monicagh_, and @tomatosita, are a few of the latin american teens that are changing the way we vie