Collier County Museums invites locals and visitors to experience its compelling new art exhibit, Journey of the Hispanic Artist in America, through Oct. 21, at the Naples Depot Museum.
The exhibit features a collection of works by contemporary Hispanic artists and highlights personal journeys from their home countries of Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru to Southwest Florida.
“The dynamic artists featured in this exhibit come from a variety of backgrounds but all share a common bond of Hispanic heritage. This is evident in their award-winning work,” said Collier County Museums Director Ron Jamro.
Among the featured artists:
· Cecilia Valadez: A native of Matamoros, Mexico, Valadez is a painter and muralist. She studied art in Mexico and has continued studying professional arts to develop her craft. Valadez has created many murals, which can be found in several residential homes throughout Lee and Collier counties. She is also a widely respected and recognized painter exhibiting at many venues within the Southwest Florida region.
· Jose Maria Castillo: Castillo is international portrait artist, who specializes in prestigious and traditional art with dazzling style. Portraiture is Castillo's life-long passion and led him to become "the society painter" in Puerto Rico. Among his achievements are two portraits of Senators that were dedicated at the Capitol in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
· Lidia Haydee: Haydee was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has demonstrated an intense interest towards art. She carried this passion around the world while living in Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Thailand, and China. Lidia now resides in Naples, Florida, where she continues to actively pursue new artistic challenges.
· Arturo Samaniego: Arturo developed his love for creative expression at the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and went on to obtain Art and Business degrees from the University of Texas. His signature work touches on abstract and figurative work and has continued to receive awards and accolades, most recently for “Best in Show” at the 49thFounders Juried Awards Exhibition.
· César Aguilar: Born in Quito, Ecuador, Aguilar navigated his childhood by virtue of creative observation, learning from his first curiosities onward that imagination and ingenuity have critical roles to play within the human experience of life. Although Aguilar’s approach is always in flux, his objective remains to use art as a means of finding solutions to problems that plague our world and the societies.
· Juan Diaz: Diaz is the eldest child and only son of three children born to a closely-knit family in Bogotá Colombia, South America. At an early age, Juan accompanied his father when he moved to the United States and has gone on to become part of multiple mayor group and solo exhibitions all over the south in the US. Recently, he has been exploring performance art and installations art, and is considered as one of the most innovative artists in Southwest Florida.
· Quintin Perez Martinez: He was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and developed into a painter, muralist and poet at the Institute of Architecture IPN, School of National Institute of fine arts in Mexico City and the University “Hermanos Saiz Montes de Oca in Pinar del Rio, Cuba. He is an accomplished muralist with murals in Mexico City, Fort Myers, Naples and Sarasota. In 2007, he was commissioned to paint the mural “Unity in Diversity” at the main entrance of the East Lee County High School.
Info: 239-252-8476, www.colliermuseums.com