In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) we wanted to mention and share some of incredibly talents Latino, Afro-Latino, and Hispanic artist from all around the world.
“Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.”, according to the official National Hispanic Heritage Month website.
Hispanic creative and artists often are inspired by their own history, surroundings, and culture. Story telling is done through their arts so anyone can connect to the rich Latino culture. All of these artists come from different backgrounds with different experiences, and the diversity of their work just shows how diverse we are as people. No matter your race or art education all of these artist created works that portray our everyday life experiences and emotions.
“Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, pain and passion, and bold, vibrant colors. She is celebrated in Mexico for her attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and by feminists for her depiction of the female experience and form.” – FridaKahlo.org
Linda Lucía Santana
“Santana’s work responds to the fading memory of Mexican narrative ballads, called corridos. Inspired by Magical Realism, she accompanies corridos with fictitious portraits of their subjects, most of which were never photographed. In her work, ‘Santana plays the role of artist, archivist and a corridista,’ activating lost histories, living memories and the imaginative space in between.”- The Huffington Post
“Through the female archetypes in her work, she explores the ideas of feminism, culture, traditions, and modernism, evoking a dialogue between culture and the contemporary social perspective. She also creates an environment in which traditional ideas and the current cultural climate intermingle.” – HipLatina.com
“Pepón Osorio is an internationally recognized artist whose richly detailed work challenges the stereotypes and misconceptions that shape our view of social institutions and human relationships. The colorful, often riotous, installations for which he is best known are constructed from found objects and objects that he customizes or creates.” – Chicano.ucla.edu
“Rodriguez-Diaz is an accomplished painter who has pursued the social and political boundaries of portraiture since the 1980’s. His paintings celebrate the diversity of individuals through the use of masterful brushstrokes and dynamic colors. In recent years, Rodriguez-Diaz has experimented with aspects of installation, using found objects and injecting a more direct social content into his work.” – artpace.org
Carmen Lomas Garza
“Carmen Lomas Garza was born in Kingsville, Texas, in 1948. Inspired by her parent’s activism with the American G.I. Forum, Lomas Garza joined the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. She is a graduate of the Texas Arts & Industry University, Juarez-Lincoln/Antioch Graduate School, and San Francisco State University where she earned her M.A. in 1981. Lomas Garza is a recipient of numerous awards and has exhibited her work in galleries and museums across the United States.” – Carmenlomasgarza.com