'New Arte from the Desert'

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'New Arte from the Desert'

5283 E. Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90022
August 9th, 2009 - September 10th, 2009
Opening: August 9th, 2009 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

downtown/east la
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 - 7:00 / Saturday 10:00 - 5:00 / Closed Sunday & Monday
mixed-media, graffiti/street-art, figurative, modern

ChimMaya is pleased to present two masters of the Americano/Mexicano experience. ‘New Arte from the Desert' is a pairing of two artists, two countries, two life experiences....and ‘One World' of universal hopes, dreams, vision and passion for life.

Gennaro Garcia, born in San Luis, Sonora, Mexico....came to the United States (Phoenix) in 1998 from Mexico. Born into an artistic a child, he sometimes built his own toys, often imitated his brother's paintings, and eventually earned a degree in graphic design in Tijuana, Mexico.

Seeking the ‘American Dream'...Gennaro's transition into American life wasn't initially easy. Briefly homeless, the determination to fulfill his dream never wavered or blocked the passion for his art.

Calling painting addictive and therapeutic, he relates: "For me, it's the best way to communicate everything - the way I feel, the way I think, and what I love."

Oils, acrylics, wood, plaster techniques learned in Italy, and a color palette of a childhood in Mexico....are some of the tools that bring to life a fascination with old world/religious iconic images.

A long time favorite of Southwestern designers....Gennaro's commissioned art pieces are featured in many commercial and residential interiors. An inspired collaboration with Gennaro's father.....has produced several of the most memorable ‘original' Religious Retablo/Dia de los Muertos artwork.

Moises was born in the small town of Cuervos, located in Baja California, Mexico. At the age of two, his parents relocated the family to Phoenix, AZ. Raised in South Phoenix...his parents struggled through considerable hardship, but managed to keep the family grounded in the richness of their culture.

With a lack of art materials available to him....young Moises resorted to creative and inventive ways of utilizing discarded paper flyers and flowers to use as paper and paint.

Moises desire to create original art...was, and is, heavily influenced by his Chicano/Mexicano, Native American, and American experience. His artwork is a narrative of everyday life...reinterpreted with a personal awareness of struggle, community, pride, and familia.

Bold brush strokes, vibrant color, and humor...catapult the viewer into an imaginative world of contemporary figures....brought to life through the eyes of an insightful Latino storyteller.