Marco Zamora

Marco Zamora was born and currently lives and works in Pomona, California. In 2004 he graduated from California Institute of the Arts, with a Bachelor of Fine Art. Using the paintbrush and pen to draw, Marco develops imagery about the urban landscape and the people that inhabit it. Producing a richly complex and experimental image, Marco goes into a neighborhood and shoots a spot, recontectualizing and collaging figures to create each paintings identity. City life, his culture, color/scale experimentation, and the working class have influenced his artwork. Splitting his time between painting and apparel design, Marco’s recent work can be seen in a variety of Van’s ads and collaboration projects as well as galleries up and down the west coast. You can see new works by Marco Zamora at “Desmadre: Fresh Latino Perspectives” May 14th at Vermillion Gallery Seattle.

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Where are you from? What is your heritage?

Pomona, California. I am Nicaraguan and Mexican.

What is the medium that you most commonly work in?

Ink and watercolor.

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What tends to inspire you and your work?

Everyday situations. People. Living. Riding. Work. Travel. Things. Memories.

If it was not for art I would be………..?

Damnn…….

Do you have any artistic relatives? if so what do they do?

I have one other cousin that makes paintings and others that are pursuing acting but everybody is creative in their own way.

Is music part of your creative process? What do you listen to most?

Honestly, I listen to everything it just depends on what I’m doing. But the last album I bought was Crystal Castles.

What food most reminds you of home?

Dang that’s hard, my parents would cook all the time and it would always be something new. From my mom I would have to say Tacos, and from my dad, Shrimp Cocktails.

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When you are with family do speak mostly in english or espanol?

English.

What do you think could help raise the profile of young Latino artists here in America?

For me, I don’t think of myself as a Latino artist. I am an artist. Make art, put yourself out there and keep pushing.

Is there a connection between Latino artists here in the US and those throughout the hemisphere?

Yes and no. Every artist is different and has a different experience and reason for making what they make.

Anybody you would like to thank or acknowledge?

My family, fiancé and friends for always supporting what I do.

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You can see more of Marco Zamora’s arte at www.marcozamora.com

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Robert Santiago

Seattle based artist and half of Aloha Terrorists Robert Santiago. You can see new arte from Robert at “Desmadre: Fresh Latino Perspectives” May 14th at Vermillion Gallery.

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Where are you from?
Santa Barbara California

What is your heritage?
I am Chumash Yaki And Apache Indian on my fathers side, And Spanish on my Mothers Side.

What is the medium that you most commonly work in?

It has been acrylic and found materials.

What tends to inspire you and your work?

Time is upon me in this life and The Work I create are my survivors. They have the possibility to live longer than I will, Say more and express the time that a was given here.

If it was not for art I would be………..?

Lost

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Do you have any artistic relatives? if so what do they do?

My father is involved in Indian culture so a lot of crafts, My sister Nicole is a writer, My other sister Yvette is a great doodler, and her kids are following in her footsteps. My Wife is one of the most Rare, her art is connected to a greater consequence than your common artist.

Is music part of your creative process?

Yes

What do you listen to most?

People

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What food most reminds you of home?

chorizo and Eggs Bacon Tortillas Coffee gossip.

When you are with family do speak mostly in english or espanol?

English, Only a few people in my family are fluent in spanish

What do you think could help raise the profile of young Latino artists here in America?

Step out of your comfort zone and take a part in subjects that have nothing to do with you, learn and express your feelings ideas emotions whatever. If even one person understands the work than your on your way.

Is there a connection between Latino artists here in the US and those throughout the hemisphere?

Rice and Beans, Hot sauce

Anybody you would like to thank or acknowledge?

My Father for ruining my life and my Mother for trying to make it better. I would like to thank all those who did it wrong so I didn’t have to, and minha esposa bonita she is my sunshine that breaks through this everlasting rain shadow.

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Desmadre “Arte Picante” tshirt

black_desmadreteeNow available in a very limited run size is the Desmadre “Arte Picante” Tshirt.

Desmadre is founded on the idea that as the world becomes more connected cultures will continually draw inspiration from disparate sources to create new modes of celebrating culture. For us the idea of mashing together the strong revolutionary traditions of Posada with D.I.Y ideals and a good dose of Taco Truck aesthetics defines what it is that makes Desmadre Arte Desmadre.

Desmadre “Arte Picante” Tshirt
Black print on a white 100% cotton Tshirt
Available in S,M,L,XL
$20usd (U.S. Shipping included)
To purchase contact us at
2fear2know(at)gmail.com
for payment information

Show your support for Desmadre’s further efforts to bring together emerging Latino artists here in the United States and throughout the hemisphere. All funds from the sales of this shirt will go towards enabling us to provide the very best event on May 14th at Vermillion Gallery.
Special thanks DZUL Studio and Moksha for their support in making this possible

Desmadre Arte is a collective effort by curators Jose Tapia and Damion Hayes and artist Julio Guerrero to showcase emerging artists who are incorporating traditional latino cultural themes within contemporary works. Our goal is to shed light on a growing movement amongst latino artists who are exploring and incorporating cultural roots while creating work that expresses the 21st century realities and complexities of life. To do this we are producing artshows that revolve around these themes as well as maintain the website (https://desmadrearte.wordpress.com) to showcase the artists we feel best represent these ideals. Our first show, Desmadre, will open May 14th, 2009 at Vermillion Gallery in Seattle, Wa.

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Albert Reyes

Albert Reyes has been known to spit art on his hands and knees with a mouth full of beer in the middle of the street. He has also shown in a gallery along with a painting by Picasso. These same strange dualities and juxtapositions are highly prevalent in his work, which tackles both conceptual and graffiti art. Recognized for his ubiquitous “GIVE” tag, Albert has a distinctive artistic approach inspired not only by street art, comic books, and American pop culture; but also by contemporary and classical “high art”. Many of his drawings and illustrations incorporate everything from icons of corporate America to Hollywood stars to mass media to politics to consumerism. New works by Albert Reyes will be at “Desmadre: Fresh Latino Perspectives” May 14th at Vermillion Gallery Seattle.

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Where are you from? What is your heritage?

I was born Los Angeles. I think that I’m German and Mexican. But where am I really from I have no idea, I guess I’ll find out when I’m dead.

What is the medium that you most commonly work in?

Graphite pencils on book covers, but that’s going to change.

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What tends to inspire you and your work?

Other artists, friends, enemies. Sex, politics, religion.

If it was not for art I would be………..?

Dead.

Do you have any artistic relatives? if so what do they do?

My brother. He makes music, acts, directs, and has sex with his girlfriend.

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Is music part of your creative process? What do you listen to most?

Yes. I listen to Nine Inch Nails, Lil Wayne, and Ladytron.

What food most reminds you of home?

Soft tacos.

When you are with family do speak mostly in english or espanol?

English, but I cuss at them in Espanol.

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What do you think could help raise the profile of young Latino artists here in America?

Obama should give us a lot of money. So we can build homes for the homeless, cure cancer, shit like that.

Is there a connection between Latino artists here in the US and those throughout the hemisphere?

Yes. We are all connected by a greater force than ourselves, and I don’t want to call it God so let’s call it Zimbabwe.

Anybody you would like to thank or acknowledge?

All the people who support and inspire my work. They know who they are and they probably have my artwork hanging in their bathroom, above their bed, or on their living room wall. Also, I want to thank Zimbabwe.

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You can see more of Albert Reyes arte at Pimplywimp.com

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Marka27

Marka27 is a prolific artist who is never confined to one medium. His graffiti has been seen in high profile galleries throughout the east and west coast and has shown along side artist such as Futura, and Sam Flores. His street murals/ graffiti have been published in several life style magazines and books, most recent “Graffit Planet”, “Burning New York” and “Graffiti L.A.”. Marka27 made his mark with his original “Audio Canvas” paintings with built in speakers, also his large speaker installations with legendary hiphop icons painted on the speaker boxes. The minigods are the latest manifestation from the restless mind of Marka27. The first indigenous urban vinyl. You can see new arte from Marka27 at “Desmadre: Fresh Latino Perspectives“.

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What is the medium that you most commonly work in?

Most commonly work with mix-medium of acrylics, latex, spraypaint, wood, speaker installations.

What tends to inspire you and your work?

My work is currently inspired by music, ancient cultures, and soulful use of colors, patterns and designs. I have love for nostalgic design elements from retro to 80’s pop culture that seems to find itself in subtle ways existing in my work.

If it was not for art I would be………..?

A poor imitation of art.

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Do you have any artistic relatives? if so what do they do?

My father was very artistic with his use of a belt. He swung that belt like Polock flings paint to canvas. My brother Julio Quiñonez is an amazing interior designer. My doughter Reina has mastered ducks, hearts, and our family portrait with crayons, markers, and water colors.

Is music part of your creative process? What do you listen to most?

I listen to a wide range from Fela Kuti, Pharaoh Sanders, James brown, to Jay Dilla. Music is like red bull for my creative process without the gross after taste unless Im listening to some Bobby brown.

What food most reminds you of home?

Mole con Tortillas de Mais

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When you are with family do speak mostly in english or espanol?

With my mother only Spanish and a little English.

What do you think could help raise the profile of young Latino artists here in America?

Have more people in the art market support Latino Artist.

Is there a connection between Latino artists here in the US and those throughout the hemisphere?

Not sure to be honest I havnt traveled enough abroad to know.

Anybody you would like to thank or acknowledge?

My mama, wife and family, i el poderoso Jesus Christo.

You can see more of Marka27’s arte at http://www.marka27.com/

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Julio Guerrero

Created out of love and passion, a million lives exploded as we swam for our only shelter only my life began while others died hopeless, I felt the golpes inside my mothers womb while darkness filled our sky only the moon and stars shined, I was molded out of mud my skin touched by lord up above, 10/01 the empty scales swung show nothing but love to those arms that were opened up,A new day shines new births arise others die from sinners to repent born Mexican by fortune not by choice as I flex for my jente listen I speak their voice, Built into militant ethos fighting against those who detest this,haters hold their distance cause theirs a difference between envy punk b#@*hes and the exquisite which you cant stop cause I’m persistent,” Yo soy ese compa que no dejas entrar porque no tengo zapatos ni ropa porque soy pobre no te importa” obstacles in my path i wreck’m check’m off my hit list that’s how powerful our fist is. You can see Julio Guerrero’s new arte at “Desmadre: Fresh Latino Perspectives” May 14th at Vermillion Gallery Seattle.

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Where are you from? What is your heritage?

I represent Sunnyside, WA, my childhood home. I was born in Tacoaleche, Zac MEX where my heart is. All I know is that I come from a long line of Indios.

What is the medium that you most commonly work in?

I love to work with a mix media such mediums like graphite, spray cans, acrylic, watercolors, scratchboard, ink, and everything I can get my hands on. I’m fascinated by the interaction of different subjects and the end result it creates.

What tends to inspire you and your work?

I get inspired by other artists whether they be photographers, painters, musicians, or poets. Mi cultura and people I love inspire me all the time.

If it was not for art I would be………..?

If it was not for art I would be wasting my soul and living an unsatisfying life. I can’t imagine my life w/out being creative.

Do you have any artistic relatives? if so what do they do?

Hmm…artistic relatives yes, my grandparents! My grandmother would crochet beautiful pieces of art and my grandpa played the guitarilla. One of my uncles is an artist in Mexico and he does a lot of traditional work.

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Is music part of your creative process? What do you listen to most?

Music is definitely part of my creative process at times. I really enjoy listening to a lot of instrumental beats this way I get lost in my own thinking process instead of being influenced. Music that fuels me up before I start something new is people like Jimi Hendrix, Los Lobos, Santana, Tupac Shakur, and Chicano rappers like old school Kid Frost. Y los corridos no se quedan atras mi compa!

What food most reminds you of home?

. A friend of mine said once “I don’t get mad when I get called a beaner it only makes me hungry”. Sopes is my favorite Mexican dish it’s a gordita style thickened tortilla that is filled up with beans in the inside then deep fried. The condiments that go with it make it even more delicious, you top it off with a spicy homemade chile verde, queso fresco, onion, cilantro, and a hint of lemon. This does the trick every time I want to think of home.

When you are with family do speak mostly in english or espanol?

When I’m at home I speak a lot of Spanish with my folks sometimes English very rare just because they don’t fully understand it. Spanglish with my brother, sisters and definitely with my nephews.

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What do you think could help raise the profile of young Latino artists here in America?

. I think the way for raising the profile on young Latino artists in America is by supporting the Causa and each other by unifying a central base for artists. By networking with one another and pulling in our resources together in order to achieve exposure as a whole and ultimately creating a voice. Which in sense is the same purpose were striving as individuals, wanting to achieve our own personal goals and that is to express ourselves and our experiences freely.

Is there a connection between Latino artists here in the US and those throughout the hemisphere?

I definetly agree that theres a strong connection with Latino artists throughout the world and that is being just that (Latino) we all share core values and struggles y un Corazon bien grande.

Anybody you would like to thank or acknowledge?

I want to thank mis jefitos y mi barrio for shaping me into the person I am today. Y tambien a los infelices que no me quisieron, who thought I’d never amount to nothing, gracias por las ganas!

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Pedro De Valdivia

Together his paintings have a cumulative power, and at moments they seem to attract and pull us into another world that stares out at us. You can see his life captured in the still motion of his painting, yet when you soak them in over and over again they change like moments in life that fade in and out. Every brush stroke becomes emblematic of his existence – and De Valdivia is ready to completely embrace the abyss. “If I die tonight, I would just be a dream to the world,” he says, with his wide brown eyes staring up at the sky. See new works by Pedro De Valdivia at “Desmadre: Fresh Latino Perspectives

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Where are you from? What is your heritage?

I am 1st generation American and I grew up in Pasco Washington. My heritage is a mix of more Mexican than Spaniard. Origins: Colima Mexico,Camalote Mexico, Michoacan Mexico and Spain.

What is the medium that you most commonly work in?

My work is measured in a series of years in which I have used a variety of mediums. For Example : pigments, refurbished trash, oil paint, silver (jewelry),etc. As of Late 2008 and the beginning of 2009, I have created over 123 paintings in oil- my current medium.

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What tends to inspire you and your work?

In the oil painting that will be available for viewing at Vermillion Gallery, I’m confined by “Critics”. I feel that being a critic involves everyone. Also, I find this in the circumstances of building and making a painting. I hear my conscience become very judgmental in what I dislike and what I find interesting. Quite often this painting reminds me of my first experience of being rejected and critiqued. I became well aware of the fact that to break a mold and create a new movement one has to forget about critics-and even the best critic- yourself.

On the other hand , I find myself fascinated by the complex combinations of color patterns expressed in a single brush stroke. I lean more and more towards applying paint strokes as system of short light flashed that in the end communicate the content of a message . In many ways the paint application derives from my genetics, the system in which I was created from at birth-that no other carries. It is this code which is expressed on the surface of the canvas, the fingerprint of my personality.

3) If it was not for art I would be………..?

A beer making monk.

Do you have any artistic relatives? if so what do they do?

I see my family as people who are unique and vibrant people. Their styles of communication is very flamboyant and dramatic, almost as if they were in theater. Overall, my Grandmother is into culinary arts.

Is music part of your creative process? What do you listen to most?

Yes, it plays an important factor in how my colors seem to explode and dance across the canvas. In many ways the symphony of music relates to my personal method of applying color, its put in order and meshed together to create balance and rhythm . For example, composers create symphonies that add and expand harmonic vocabulary to create romantic music. I love Jazz samba. However, my favorite musicians are: Luiz Bonfa, Duke Elington and Stan Getz.

What food most reminds you of home?

Tamales and Chicken soup. And yes, beans and rice. Most of all -mole! (P.s. someone could poison me with mole and I would even take notice.)

When you are with family do speak mostly in english or espanol?

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What do you think could help raise the profile of young Latino artists here in America?

Hard work, Perseverance, bullet proof faith, Fiery passion, a large dose of love, and of course a good meal!

Is there a connection between Latino artists here in the US and those throughout the hemisphere?

I believe the need for bold forms and vibrant color has always been a trait in Latino culture and unity. There are many colorful and vibrant painted homes in Mexico.

I see it as that we are all connected. Visual language derived from the need to express self before words existed. Hence, the Paleolithic period when humankind gradually evolved and began to produce the earliest works of art and engage in religious and spiritual behavior.

Anybody you would like to thank or acknowledge?

I’d like to thank all the people who have made hateful and ignorant remarks of Latinos – I use that hate as fuel to feed the flame that breeds brilliance.

You can see more of Pedro De Valdivia’s arte at www.divinepainter.com

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