Get to know the Headlining Artists of ALAC's newest cultural exhibit "Cihuatl, Mujer, Woman". This exhibit is a presentation of the evolution of the Latino American woman. It opens this Friday, September 1st at 6pm. Do not miss out!
Elizabeth Toledo is the Director of ALAC, the Arizona Latino Arts and Cultural Center. Elizabeth has a Bachelors of Fine Arts and has taught performing and visual arts in the Isaac School District. Her artwork demonstrates the cultural influences of her life. Her upbringing in the Arizona and Sonoran desert has been her inspiration behind her art. Elizabeth’s art piece entitled “Chalchiutlicue”. Chalchiuhtlicue is the Aztec goddess of water. Her name literally means “she of the jade skirt”. Like many water deities, she was associated with snakes. In the majority of Aztec legends she is said to be Tlaloc’s wife. In other myths she is depicted as his sister. Either way, she is recognized for helping Tlaloc, the god of rain, rule the kingdom of Tlalocan.
Jose Andres Giron has always been dedicated to art. Family and culture has influenced his choice of subject matter in deciding what is important to express in art. His work almost always depicts the positive and beautiful aspects of the Hispanic and Latino culture. Andres has served for the United States Army and fought in the Vietnam War and was part of the 101st Airborne Division. After the war he attended the Art School in Hollywood, California, Phoenix College and ASU were he majored in Arts Education. The Escaramuza portrayed on canvas is a prime example of Andres’s tendency to depict positivity in his artwork. The Escaramuza gives the Charreada a feminine touch. They are the women who ride side saddle in a military manner. They present beautiful and dangerous designs while riding in their elaborate dresses.
Roman P. Reyes is a Phoenix-area artist who worked as a creature and prosthetics technician with WETA Workshop in New Zealand with the Lord of the Rings films. His work can be found internationally. Roman was an Artist-in-Residence at Charlevill Castle, Ireland and his art work has also been displayed at the White House. He is a Professor Emeritus from Phoenix College. His piece “Kukulkan y su Hermana” portrays the feathered Mayan snake deity. The Yucatec Maya believes that Kukulkan was a boy who was born a snake. As he got older his sister cared for him in a cave. He got so big that his sister was no longer able to care for him. Kukulkan had no other choice but to go off on his own and live in the sea. This caused an earthquake and every July it is believed that he causes earth tremors to remind his sister he is still alive and well.