Sunday, February 14, 2021

Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) - Beyond the "Encuentro" Virtual Artist Talk


Bronx River Art Center presents:

In conjunction with the exhibition
Beyond the "Encuentro"
Curated by Felix Angel

A Virtual Artist Talk
February 20th at 6:30pm

Bronx River Art Center is pleased to present an evening of artists in conversation in response to our current exhibition Beyond the “Encuentro,” as it comes to close. This show, composed of eighteen printmaking artists from Medellín, Colombia, gives more exposure to the rich history this art form has in the country while also acting as a reflection of contemporary Colombian printmaking. This talk will be moderated by renowned New York printmaker, Luanda Lozano, and will occur on Saturday, February 20th, over zoom at 6:30 pm. The show has been extended one week to February 27th and the gallery is open for viewing at limited capacity.
Installation shot: (L to R) Álvaro Botero Gallego, Jessica Paola Sánchez Barba, Mónica Lorenza Taborda G.

Luanda Lozano and participating artists will engage in conversation about their chosen style of printmaking, how Colombia has affected their work and inquire about the printmaking community in the city of Medellín.  

Beyond the “Encuentro” is a substantial exhibition of Colombian printmakers curated by Felix Angel and assisted by co-sponsor Julio Valdez. This exhibition is the next step of the project, Encuentro de Artistas Grabadores de Medellín (Medellín’s Printmaking Artists Gathering) that originated in Colombia, South America. This event, which was organized by Angel in November of 2018, brought together over seventy printmakers working in the city of Medellín — a feat never before accomplished. Beyond the “Encuentro” features a selection of eighteen artists that participated in the original show.

Join us for an Artist Talk February 20th at 6:30pm

Installation shot: (L to R) Jorge Rodriguez, Male Correa, Hernando Guerrero, Camila Maya Monsalve, Ana Fernández, Juan Ernesto Correa, Fabián Rendón
About the Artists:

Artists participating in the discussion are Diego Arango, Male Correa, Ana Fernández, Álvaro Botero Gallego, Hernando Guerrero, Camila Maya Monsalve, Victoria Ortiz and Jorge Rodriguez who each represent a form of printmaking that varies in age, style and technique. From the figurative to the abstract, each artist uses their own unique process to create distinctive, eye-catching work that demonstrates proficient ability, artistry and talent.

About the Moderator:
Luanda Lozano is a printmaker who was born in Humpata, Angola and later raised in the Dominican Republic before moving to New York City to pursue her education and career in the arts. Earning her BFA degree in illustration at Parsons School of Design, she developed her skills and love of printmaking at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop facilitated by Peruvian artist, Claudio Juarez. She has taught printmaking in several institutions including the Bronx River Art Center, and her work is part of several prestigious collections across the globe. 
About the Curator and Co-Sponsor:
Curator Felix Angel and co-sponsor Julio Valdez are both accomplished artists. Graduating from the School of Architecture of the National University of Colombia in 1974, Angel has received numerous awards and participated in more than 100 exhibitions internationally. He has also published multiple books about literature, art and poetry. Valdez is a graduate of the Altos de Chavόn School of Design, the Parsons School of Design affiliate in the Dominican Republic. His work has been shown internationally since 1984. Valdez received a fellowship from the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in 1994, after which he founded Julio Valdez Studio, which specializes in non-toxic contemporary printmaking processes. Both of these individuals are committed to giving support to underrepresented artists.
Installation shot: (L to R) Julio Sampedro Longas, Luis Fernando Uribe, Diego Arrango, Luis Fernando Mejía Jaramillo, María López, Carlos Marín 
About BRAC:

Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) is a culturally diverse, multi-arts, non-profit organization that provides a forum for community, artists, and youth to transform creativity into vision. Our Education, Exhibitions, Artist Studios, and Presenting programs cultivate leadership in an urban environment and stewardship of our natural resource — the Bronx River.
History: Bronx River Art Center (BRAC) was founded in 1987 to bring professional arts programming to a culturally underserved population. For more than 30 years (including several years of arts programming under the umbrella of the first Bronx River Restoration project), this multi-arts center has filled the West Farms community of the Bronx with art and environmental experiences. Our programs are designed to encourage our residents to engage in creative activism towards the revitalization and future of their neighborhood.

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