Opening night reception:
Saturday, February 16, 2008 from 7-10 pm
The Avenue 50 Studio is proud to present
an exhibition of spiritual and political art by Francisco Letelier. Letelier bridges
continents and weaves together history and contemporary experience, creating
artwork that is powerful and memorable. Born in Chile, he is known both
for his visual art and his perceptive writing, spoken word and poetry.
Letelier has completed murals, public
artworks and private commissions throughout the United States, Latin America
and Europe. The artist has collaborated on projects with diverse artists
and writers such as Ariel Dorfman, Quincy Jones, Bonnie Rait, U2, Tom Hayden
and Jane Goodall. He received a Grammy Nomination in Package Design for
work on musician Jackson Browne’s “World in Motion” release. The widely
publicized, “Becoming the Circle”, a mural at the historic Pioneer Bakery in
Venice, included portraits of those who live in the surrounding Oakwood
neighborhood. His monumental ceramic tile murals, “El Sol and La Luna”
adorn the Westlake/MacArthur Park Metro Rail Station in Los Angeles. The
works carry on the legacy of the Chilean mural tradition and serve as a symbol
for the diversity of the City of Los Angeles.
More recently, Letelier traveled to the
Amazon in Iquitos, Peru and created murals with Patch Adams, known for his work
that combines medical care and humor through the Organization
"Gesundheit." Letelier led a team of artists helping advance
the transformation of a section of Belen, the poorest neighborhood in Iquitos.
The artist continued traveling south, returning to Santiago, Chile to create
"La Mujer del Bosque, at the Orlando Letelier Clinic in the working class
district of El Bosque.
Francisco is the son of Orlando Letelier,
who was assassinated in Washington DC in 1976. The car bombing was the
first act of international terrorism to occur in the nation’s Capital. Agents
from the Chilean secret police acting under orders from former Chilean dictator
General Augusto Pinochet and in collaboration with anti Castro Cuban terrorists
were involved in the conspiracy.
Francisco Letelier is the subject of the
documentary "Painted Son" by prize winning cinematographer
His editorials and artwork have appeared
in many publications including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, New York
Times, Le Monde, The Guardian and The Mimi Herald.
When: Saturday, February 16, 2008
from 7-10 pm
50 Studio, 131 No. Avenue 50, Highland Park, CA 90042
Gallegos, Director, 323/258-1435
4 through March 2, 2008