We the People 2020 / Virtual Exhibit / Featured Artists
Afi Ese is an African American contemporary realism and figurative conceptual artist living in Houston, Texas with roots in Togo and Mali. The artworks of Afi Ese represent and venerate the rich history of the West African diaspora with an emphasis on generational trauma and triumph in Black America.
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Ajmal ‘Mas Man’ Millar was born in 1986 in Brooklyn, NY and is a self taught contemporary visual artist and MAS MAN (carnival costume designer). His work includes mixed –media collage paintings, repurposed material, sculptural metal, performance, photography which interrogates notions of cultural heritage, sexual and gender identity as a first generation African–American black queer man born to Trinidadian immigrants.
Alejandro Perea is originally from Mexico City and currently creates art in Houston Texas. He graduated from Northbrook High School where his art instructor and mentor; Terry Tata was instrumental in fueling his passion for art.
He was accepted to Savannah School of Art and Design in 2004. That same year he visited the Menil Museum with Ms. Tata and was instantly inspired to pursue art as a career after seeing Magritte's paintings for the first time. He fondly looks back on that day as one of his favorite and most transformative days of his life.
Benito was born in Paris in the end of the 70's. He spent 22 years in the carribean area , living and working in french Guyana, Cuba and Guadeloupe ,before coming back to south of France . His work is exposed in United states, Europe and Carribean .
With his art he is questionning the social rules and normes and denounces all type of discriminations . all his paintings are always colourfull and bright. there is an influence of pop art and comics.
David D. Oquendo is a New Jersey, USA based artist. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico – and raised in New Jersey. In 2009, Oquendo completed his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University (Newark Campus), earning a BFA in Painting and a Minor in Art History.
DAVID RIOS FERRIARA
ELENA SOTERAKIS is a Brooklyn based visual artist exploring environmental degradation and the perils of climate change. In an era of environmental neglect, Soterakis’ artwork challenges cultural and ethical norms while depicting 21st Century anthropogenic landscapes.
I am a Cancer survivor/artist/inspirational performer who uses my own brand of art through community activism and education. I give strength to others sharing my own experiences creatively. Taking my passions and marrying it to my genius, I have found my purpose.
HENRY L. JONES
Henry L. Jones is an award-winning writer (ie, poet and playwright) and artist who focuses on cultural connections and social issues in both his art and writing. He’s inspired by his African heritage, culture and history to delve into old roots. He creates art with a technique he coined as “Gibbing,” which
involves inducing into a creative and spiritual trance while painting with his hands instead of brushes.
This collection of work was received from national, and international artists. Thank you all for lifiting your voices through art, bringing forward social issues, and empowering and encouraging our respected communities to vote!
Virtual galleries, video presentations, and outdoor projections in NY and NJ will begin on Monday, October 12, 2020.
JANDY A. CARVAJAL
Jandy A. Carvajal is a Filipino visual artist who incorporates recycling into his art practice whenever possible. As a college and high school art teacher, he encourages his students to consider recycling also. Many of his repousse' works are salvaged aluminum, featuring various contents. In 2016, he earned his MFA degree from Montclair State University, NJ on a Fulbright scholarship.
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Photo credit: Cultural Center of the Philippines
Justin Francesco is a mixed-media artist based out of Project For Empty Space in Newark, New Jersey. The focus of his work is the human condition in relation to its surroundings and how humans exist in a society that is not created to supplement the spirit. Francesco’s work draws from everyday life and is particularly influenced by the transmission of energies amongst those living in such a downtrodden environment.
Born in Houston Texas the 30-year-old Malie Flores Started his journey with abstract art. What started out as mediocre paintings at Woodson K-8 and Worthing high school for grade, turned into his heart driven passion for expressing himself through the paint brush. Flores is self taught.
Carlo Quispe is a Peruvian born, Brooklyn based artist and comics author. His books include URANUS COMICS, CARLITO and HAIRY TALES, now a short animated film.